Bridling problems! - The Horse Forum
 14Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 22 Old 06-21-2014, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 21
• Horses: 0
Bridling problems!

If you have a horse that is a sweet, gentle old mare that simply lifts their nose sky high when you go to bridle her, what do you do to fix that? I have heard previously that most horses do not like the taste of aluminum or chrome plated bits. I am currently using a chrome plated low port curb bit, and I am convinced that the bit formation itself is working fine. Maybe she doesn't like the taste of the metal? What experience does everyone have with copper bits? Do horses generally like the taste and feel of these bits? I've heard that the copper increases salivation, making the bit more comfortable for the horse. Is it even worth buying a new bit, because as you all know, you cannot return them to the store after you use them. Please let me know what you think!
-Michaela W
17mwallingford is offline  
post #2 of 22 Old 06-21-2014, 08:26 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 132
• Horses: 1
Curb bit? She may simply not like that type of bit. Try a snaffle maybe?
But I would get her teeth checked. You can get the vet or an equine dentist out to take a look at her teeth and make sure she isn't having problems with them that could be due to the bridling problems.
If there isn't anything wrong with her teeth, you can put some type of sticky sweet liquid on the bit, like molasses or honey. It worked for my gelding! Only took about two tries and he started accepting the bit easier and easier.
Notanequestrian98 is offline  
post #3 of 22 Old 06-21-2014, 08:34 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Posts: 16,205
• Horses: 1
Has the bit ever banged on her teeth when going in or coming out? Have you had her teeth checked recently?

My gelding isn't a huge fan of copper mouth bits (he tends to chew on them excessively). He does, however, like sweet iron. Since your old girl is in a mild ported bit, what about something like this: https://www.horseloverz.com/product/...urity-bit.html I have the cheap version of this bit from horse.com (doesn't have the sweet iron/copper mouthpiece, but is otherwise exactly the same) and I LOVE the design and feel of it.

http://i42.tinypic.com/140y8lj.png
Do not tell me I can't...because I will show you that I can.
DraftyAiresMum is offline  
post #4 of 22 Old 06-22-2014, 12:31 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Newport, PA
Posts: 464
• Horses: 4
After checking teeth and all that, start training her to drop her head. It's pretty easy. Lay your hand on the crown of her head, right where the halter or bridle rests. Apply steady pressure. Wait. The moment she dips her head (it may take a minute or two, and she might even try to raise her head first), but the MOMENT she dips her head even slightly, release the pressure and rub gently. Wait a second. Ask for a drop again with pressure. The moment she gives it, release the pressure. In a single session, you ought to be able to get her to drop her head to her knees with only a slight pressure on her crown. Be patient, be calm, and mind your timing. You aren't pushing her head down. You can't. You're teaching her to drop her head with the touch of your hand. And it will happen.

Once it's happening, introduce the bridle, and go through the same process. Be careful to not bang her teeth with the bit, but using this process on a basically gentle, sweet horse will work.
skiafoxmorgan is offline  
post #5 of 22 Old 06-22-2014, 07:38 AM
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 17,293
• Horses: 0
She's likely a sly old girl who has figured out how well this works. Clicker training works well for this. Lots of info on the lnternet. You don't have to buy a clicker, just make a distinct cluck sound with your tongue. The clicker quickly becomes a nuisance. Skia has described the procedure well but each time you get a small progression, as she's lowering her head that is when you cluck and treat. It's telling her that the downward movement will give a reward. Don't expect much at first, she may give you only an inch or two so be patient.



Saddlebag is offline  
post #6 of 22 Old 06-22-2014, 08:48 AM
Started
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Hungary
Posts: 1,680
• Horses: 2
Two old tricks would be to warm the bit up to make it more comfortable or smear the bit in honey to make it taste nice.
Nutty Saddler is offline  
post #7 of 22 Old 06-22-2014, 09:10 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 68
• Horses: 0
Maybe this article explains your problem.

http://www.naturalhorseworld.com/Dow...orNottoBit.pdf
horseTraining is offline  
post #8 of 22 Old 06-22-2014, 09:53 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 881
• Horses: 2
Yes I agree with the others, check her teeth first, and figure out if the bit is the problem. I ride my horse bitless and he used to decide he wanted to be a giraffe with the bridle. I worked on him dropping his head. Only had to do it a couple times bridling till he automatically dropped his head for me w/o me asking him to drop his head.

Chad Barnes 6-16-85~7-22-13
Hero Act - Thoroughbred Gelding ~ Gunner - Quarter Horse Gelding ~ John Deere - Mini Gelding
HeroMyOttb is offline  
post #9 of 22 Old 06-22-2014, 12:03 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Colorado
Posts: 8,228
• Horses: 1
There are wipes you can purchase that make the bit taste better. They usually cause quite a bit of salivation, too.

Or, you could buy one of those rubbery "happy mouth" bits.

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
Zexious is offline  
post #10 of 22 Old 06-22-2014, 05:00 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in southwest France
Posts: 1,563
• Horses: 6
I've heard putting a bit of fruit roll-up on it will make them want to take it.

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare
ecasey is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bridling Issues Iseul Horse Training 10 01-03-2013 02:52 PM
Bridling problems dunalino Horse Training 12 12-12-2011 02:07 PM
Problems with Bridling dunalino Horse Training 0 08-14-2011 06:05 PM
Trouble with bridling Puddintat Horse Training 11 03-15-2011 12:46 AM
Some major problems bridling young horse? (Please help??) emilieg Horse Training 27 05-06-2010 05:03 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome