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Slow Motion
Nov. 9, 2010, 06:26 AM
I have a young horse who does not like the bridle at all. Well, actually the bit. I can put the bridle on and off without the bit attached but getting the bit in the horses mouth is a struggle. I usually end up taking the bit off the bridle and getting it in the horses mouth and then attaching the bridle to it.

I have never had a youngster do this. They usually don't want to spit the bit out!

Any suggestions?

Nov. 9, 2010, 07:12 AM
try smearing the mouthpiece with molassas or honey and see if that helps

Nov. 9, 2010, 08:24 AM
Try feeding a treat after you have the reins over the horse's head, right before you're ready to put the bit in her mouth. She should already be chewing the treat so you can slip in the bit between chews.

None of my horses are difficult to bridle, but I still always feed a treat right before bridling - I also like the idea of getting them mouthing the bit right from the start, before the ride even begins. Yes, the bit does get gross, but if you clean your bits daily like I do - it makes no difference ;)