I have a 2
+ year QH that I am having trouble getting him to use a bit.
I try to put in his mouth he will back up and refuses for to put the bit in his
mout. What can I do to get him to let put on a bit, or is it his age?
The best way to solve this problem is to forget
about the bit and bridle for a few lessons.
you need to teach your horse to allow you to handle his head, his ears, his lips,
his mouth, examine his teeth and so on.
I use one
of my old toothbrushes to get the horse used to having something in his mouth.
This will also be safer for you than using your fingers if you aren't really sure
where the teeth are located. Hold the bristle end in your hand and rub the end
of the smooth plastic handle along the horse's lips. When your horse will allow
you to do this without moving his head or backing away, then insert the smooth
toothbrush handle into the interdental space - the area between the incisors and
molars where the bit goes. If you don't have a toothbrush handy, you can use an
old, washed out dewormer tube for this lesson.
be sure your horse doesn't have any fear of you opening his lips to look at his
teeth. Your veterinarian needs to do this anyway, so take the time to make sure
your horse is comfortable with you handling all parts of his mouth and head.
be sure you can handle and rub his ears and are able to bend his ears forward
like you will need to do when you slip the crownpiece of the bridle over his ears.
you feel your horse is comfortable with all of this, be sure you are bridling
properly. Refer to the photo
in this article to show you how to put your right hand over your horse's head
and between his ears while you present the bit to the horse with your left hand.
Be careful not to bump the horse's front teeth with the bit. If he doesn't readily
open his mouth, you can insert the thumb of your left hand into the corner of
his mouth - this usually gets the horse to open his mouth.
you have thoroughly prepared your horse for the sensations of bridling, he should
accept the process willingly. Take your time because these habits last a lifetime,
whether good or bad.
For more information, refer to
Not Breaking and
to Think Like a Horse
Best of luck,
and let me know how you make out.
you Cherry for the info I will let you know the outcome! - Ruben
are welcome !
By the way, here is a drawing
that helps you know where you can safely put your fingers and where the bit goes.