A horse with a bridle.
If your horse has a bad day, they may refuse to accept the bridle or bit.You can force your horse into being bridled by practicing good bridling.If your horse is stubborn, you can use treats and gentle care to help relax them.Horses may not be willing to be bridled if they are in pain.Check your equipment for comfort and fit, and make sure there are no underlying medical problems.
Step 1: You should tie your horse.
Before putting the bridle on, your horse should be haltered and tied.They should be tied on the lead.They may have room to avoid you if the lead is too loose.You don't want to tie the horse up so that it's immobile.Many horses dislike the bridling process.They can't lift their head out of your reach if the lead is loose.
Step 2: Go over the horse's head.
If your horse keeps throwing its head, you can keep it still by resting your hand on it.To reach over the horse's head with your right hand, hold the bridle in your left hand.Press down on the top of the horse's mane to encourage it to bend its head towards you.
Step 3: The bridle needs to be lifted up.
Take the bit in your left hand and place it against your flat fingers, as you hand the top of the bridle.To hold the bridle's weight, use your right hand.Press the bit against their lips.
Step 4: Rub them.
You can encourage the horse to open their mouth if they don't take the bit.Put your thumb into the upper corner of their mouth by resting the bit against your left hand.Rub the teeth until they open their mouths.Take the bit out of their mouth.Don't knock the bit against the teeth, but keep the pressure on.This will make it more difficult for you to bridle the horse.It's a good idea to put your thumb in without the bit first.There are no teeth in the side of the mouth.Bite and injury will be prevented by this.
Step 5: Rub your finger in the oil.
The horses like the taste of peppermint.If you put some oil on the bit, they will take it.You don't have to reapply the oil for a few months because it will last a long time.
Step 6: The bit needs to be the right temperature.
Your horse can be uncomfortable if the bits are too hot or cold.You should keep your bridle out of the weather, such as rain or snow.If it's summer, keep the bit away from the sun, where it can burn your horse.Warm the bit up by rubbing it between your hands before asking the horse to take it.
Step 7: Give your horse something.
Allow your horse to see the treat on the bit.While he slips the treat into his mouth, quickly but gently slip the bit into the other person's mouth.Before your horse is offered fruit and vegetable treats, they should be cut up.There are some treats that horses enjoy.
Step 8: Speak with a calm tone.
Speak softly while bridling your horse.Your horse will associate your voice with a safe environment if you do this often.If your horse has a bad day, you can use this voice to calm them down.How you say it isn't as important as what you actually say.You could say to the horse, "It's all right."You could even narrate what you are doing, such as, "I'm just going to reach over."You can use soothing sounds as well.
Step 9: You can call the vet.
Even the most gentle horse can be upset by certain medical problems.Many horses don't want the bit in their mouth.Fix their issues and the problem will be solved.If your horse throws their head when you touch their ears, you should have them checked for ear mites.It's a good idea to keep an eye out for tooth or mouth problems.If your horse has never had their teeth "floated", it may be a problem.
Step 10: Take a look at their body language.
A horse uses body language.You might be able to figure out what is bothering your horse by learning how to interpret their body language.It may take a few weeks to understand your horse's unique body language.It's possible that the ears are pointed in a different direction.If the ears are twitching, they are either anxious or distracted.If they are relaxed, your horse's head should be lowered.The horse may be distracted by something if they hold their head high.They are demonstrating aggression if their head is low but they are shaking it from side to side.A horse that is leaning back may be frightened.Your horse may be bored if it paws the ground.They may become annoyed if they forcefully stomp.
Step 11: Make sure to check your equipment.
Ill-fitting equipment can be uncomfortable for your horse, and it may explain why he is reluctant to be bridled.If you want your horse to be happy, you should check your saddle to make sure there are no protruding parts.To make sure there are no cracks or sharp edges, check the bit.These could hurt your horse.If your horse doesn't like to have their ears touched, you can use a bridle.You can put the bridle over their head without touching their ears.
Step 12: You can switch your bits.
Some horses do not like certain types of bits.They may not like the taste or the size.If your horse isn't willing to take the bit, you might want to switch to a different material.Try different bits to see which is best for your horse.Some horses prefer the taste of copper over nickel.The plastic bit may work well for some horses.The horse's mouth may be being pinched by bits that are too small.Younger, more inexperienced horses may benefit from large diameter rubber bits.