Can you help Katherine with her horse?

by Sydney a HCG
(Florida USA)

Katherine emailed us with this question. Can you help?

"Do you have any tips on how to get my horse to keep his head down when I put on the bridle? When I go to put it on he lifts his head up really high (I mean REALLLLLY high!)

Thank you!"

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Mar 24, 2015
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I think I can help
by: Anonymous

Place 2 fingers between your horses ears. If you can reach pull the reins down a bit. Slowly push your fingers and sway your hand a but. Your horses head should move down a bit. Remember once your horse takes the bridle and tell him/her good boy or good girl. give him a treat too. This will show him the bridle is goon and reinforce positive behavior towards it.

Hope I helped!

Mar 15, 2012
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i think i can help :D
by: Sara

Well, what my old instructor taught me to do was put two fingers (index finger and middle finger) and put them between the horse's ears (if u can't reach, get your instructor to do it) and push down lightly, and you horse's head should automatically go down, hope this helps!! :)

Dec 24, 2010
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by: Anonymous

wrap you reins around your horses neck and pull there head down and keep pressure...you just want to hold enough rein so you can put the bit in there mouth to....i have a 16.5hh Arabian gelding that does this and this tactic seems to work for me.

Dec 19, 2010
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TRY ADVICE
by: horsey helper

I've got my own pony and my pony does it too. First as you take the halter of grab his nose before he can lift it up and keep it down to get the bridle on. Make sure you don't put the halter round his neck whilst doing this because if he were to suddenly go backwards or yank his head down it would break his neck which wouldn't be good. Once his head's down put the bridle on, I've done this and it works for my pony : )

Nov 23, 2010
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Here's what ya do
by: Anonymous

I don't own a horse but I volunteer a lot with them.
This is what I do: put the horses halter around its neck and put the lead rope around it once and allow it to touch the ground. the the horse thinks its tied up and cant move its head. the you slowly slip on the bridle and attach the lead rope to the bridle and take off the halter and from there you can tack he/she up. no treats because it'll become stubborn as a donkey and do it by the barn so it wont be barn sour cause if its like our horses they hate being tacked but love being ridden

Nov 06, 2010
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Answer...
by: Brenna

Now I'm just a beginner but I can give you what you need. Standing on his/her left side you wrap you right hand underneath her nose and on top of it. With your left hand holding the bridle you pull the bit into it's mouth over it's tongue and place the brow band in your right hand. I guess you know from there. You're welcome and I hope my tip works for you.

Mar 06, 2010
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Hi!
by: Annie

I know how you feel! One of my favorite horses did that and I was told if you're standing on the left side of your horse, wrap your right arm around his nose from under his jaw and slowly ease the bit in his mouth. If this doesn't work try lunging him or letting him run loose in the arena before you bridle him so he kind of calms down.

Hope it helps! :~)

Feb 24, 2010
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this is what i do!!
by: tiffany

I have a horse named Trigger and when I put his halter on him I put a leadrope on the halter he has on then circle it around his neck and hold it but not to tight so when u go to change it he cant lift his head and he cant get away!!

HOPE this helps!!!:)

Nov 17, 2009
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head high
by: Anonymous

whatever u do, DO NOT give him a treat while doing it. the horse will get to use to that and get stubborn again! pust on the poll and give a lot of pressure at the withers. remeber, NO TREATS!!

Oct 06, 2009
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pressure
by: Anonymous

My horse used to do that too. I found that if 1)put donwart pressure on his poll. 2) put the headstall over his ears (NOT THE BIT) then hold your arm over his poll and continue with pressure and slide the bit in. pressing the poll causes the horses head to go down! hope this helps!

Jul 06, 2009
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snapping
by: Anonymous

i used to ride a horse who did the same thing. what worked for him was snapping your fingers right under his muzzle. since he didnt know what the snapping noise was, he dropped is head to sniff my hand, which had a bit & a sugar cube in it. the second he puts his head down, be quick but smooth about it and pop the bit in his mouth. that way he knows that the bit isnt a scary piece of metal and tastes like sugar! :)

hope this helps!!

Mar 16, 2009
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High Headed Horse
by: TORI

I had a horse do the same thing. Here is what i have done.

Saddle the horse up on your girth is D-rings. Put a helter on him and clip your lead rope to the halter. run the rest of it through the rings. apply pressure.(works like draw reigns) he will lower his head. then you can slkip the bridle on!!!!

Jan 19, 2009
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use bungey reins
by: toni

you should try using bungey reins they make a horse bring their head down and in which makes them look very pretty i done it with my horse

Jan 11, 2009
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Food
by: Anonymous

Train your horse. Bring some mini carrots and stuff them in your pocket out of his sight. Pull out a carrot and let him eat it. After him watching you pull out a few, he will figure "the sweet orange things are in that hollow thing on her cloth things." Then, when he puts his head down to sniff your pocket, slip the bridle on. Just don't let him eat with the bridle in his mouth. He could hurt himself.

Dec 26, 2008
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what i learned
by: Anonymous

I had the same problem(im really short)and i tried alot of different stuff and learned that if i put my hand on my horse's nose and gently pinch it,
she'll put down her head for me.

Nov 28, 2008
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Hi Kathrine
by: SUMMER

Your horse seems like a bit of a scamp! Did you try any of the tips on this page? Has any worked? Well, if they haven't, I've got a bit of a dumb trick. I know some people roll the bit in jam and sugar when they are training horses to accept the bit. Maybe you could try that? Please let me know if you are having any success -SUMMER

Oct 17, 2008
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I what thats like
by: Justine

My horse as well as the horse that I ride have the same problem, what found works is stand on the side you normally tack-up from and slip your arm closest to your horse around their face and over the lead rope. Because your arm is over the lead rope he won't be able to toss his head around, it worked for me but it takes time for both you and your horse to get used to and best of all after a while they'll learn to keep their head down.

Sep 26, 2008
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i had the same prob..heres the fix
by: Anonymous

If you have a bond with your horse trix should be no problem at all and this is really easy. Teach him or her to give kisses and wait until you kiss back to move their head.

That way if you kneel in front of your horse and ask for a kiss its head will go down once its head is down slip the bridle on then give a kiss back and stand up buckle your bridle and go ride.

Sep 25, 2008
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I know
by: Anonymous

Citon Anderson a very good trainer watch his dvds.

Sep 20, 2008
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Read This, It Works
by: Jillian*

ok, so what might work is that you should hold a cookie (horse cookie) under his mouth then when he puts his head down to grab it put the bridle on. then give him a pat and make a BIG FUSS over him because he did what u wanted him to

Sep 14, 2008
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READ THIS
by: Anonymous

What you should do is keep your halter on your horse and tie the lead rope really short to a wall ring or somewhere where he won't be in the way. That way he can't lift his head up. Also you could get someone who can keep their hands behind his ears while you bridle him. All your helper has to do is apply pressure and he should put his head down.

Jul 22, 2008
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i know
by: pony lover

When you put the bridle on he may not be able to see you very well because they can not see directly in front of them you should always approach them from their side so they can see you better. Or if that doesn't work he might have an injury on his face you should take a look. Or he might just be trying to test you . If he is trying to test you you should try this trick when you have the bridle take your hand and put it between his two ears then just slip the nose band over his nose and grab the top of the bridle and then put the bit in.

tell me if it worked by going to riding lessons and find Cross Rails Riding Academy and right it on comments you will also see me on my pony Loud N Proud See YA!

Jul 18, 2008
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Help with bridling
by: Anonymous

i have a horse who used to be head shy I used put 1 arm over the top of her head between her ears. i don't know if it will help but my horse isn't head shy any more

Jul 16, 2008
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Help for you.
by: Anonymous

My horse had the same problem. I found he wanted me too do it quickly and he took the bit a bit more. In the end I decided I didn't want too have too throw it into his mouth so I moved on to an English hackamore. It worked as well as the bit did if not better. Now instead of taking a few seconds too turn or halt he turns on a dime and halt the second you ask him too.

Jul 13, 2008
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by: Jessica

There is a DVD called Parrelli and it teaches you how to do stuff like that and a lot more. But it is really expensive. Or you could just try a ladder. LOL

Jul 23, 2009
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Here is some help
by: Anonymous

My mare does the same thing!lol. Ok, what you do is whenever the horse starts to put their head high you put pressure on the horses' poll.The knot between the horses ears.And after a week your horse should be ok.

Oct 02, 2008
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Totally cool
by: Anonymous

That is so cool! My horses learned it right away and I go riding all the time now that i know that.

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