Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in southwest France
I assume because you don't know how to put a bridle on, you probably also don't know how to ask a horse to lower its head and that's a pretty important piece of the puzzle. Horses will try to resist sometimes by lifting their heads so high you can't reach them.
To train a horse to lower their head, you can use a few different methods.
One is a pressure/release thing:
1. Put steady, pulling pressure on the lead rope that's attached to the horse's halter, towards the ground.
2. As soon as the horse moves his head down, let the pressure off. Instantly. Praise him. Then do it again.
3. After he responds well a few times, try to get him to go a little lower before you release. Do several lowering exercises in a row. Praise him when he does it.
4. Eventually, when you put the slightest pressure on the rope, he'll lower his head.
5. You can also do this by putting pressure down on the poll (top of head behind the ears). Press until he puts his head down and then instantly release. Praise him. Follow the steps above.
And another method to get the bit in fast:
1, Put a little bit of fruit roll-up or honey on the bit.
2. Let the horse taste the yummy stuff on the bit.
3. Slide the bit in and follow the instructions give by others above my post. You probably will only need to use the sweet stuff a few times and then very sporadically after to keep him happily taking the bit.
“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