HIDEAWAY TRAINING TIP
LOWER HEAD FOR BRIDLING, CLIPPING, ETC.
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Sometimes the simplest thing, like bridling becomes
a hassle when our horse doesn't cooperate. Or maybe there is a way to
just make things easier. Wouldn't it be nice if our horse just put her
head where we wanted it, when we wanted it there. Well, we can have this
with our horse. This is one of those things that will make life easier
with just a very small investment of our time.
Halter your horse or work with her in a confined space
like a stall or small paddock. Start by standing at the horse's left shoulder.
Now place your right hand on the horse's poll just behind the ears and
press downward ever so slightly. Just a very little pressure, it does
not take a lot and if you press too hard your horse is likely to resist
rather than give you what you want. Now, with very light pressure on the
poll, just leave your hand there until the horse makes any kind of effort
to move his head downward. Then remove your hand immediately. This is
very important because the reward your horse gets for moving his head
in the direction that you want it to go, is the removal of your hand.
If she moves her head in any other direction other than down, leave your
hand there until the movement is down. It might take a few seconds for
the downward effort or it might take half an hour, but it is important
that once you place your hand, that you leave it until you get the downward
Repeat this numerous times until it is automatic for
the horse and he moves her head immediately as you place your hand on
the poll. Keep repeating until your horse puts her head at the precise
level that you would like it to be. The first time is always the toughest.
With repetition, your horse will move her head instantly to exactly where
you want it to be.
Let's recap. Stand at the left shoulder. Place your
hand on poll, just behind ears with VERY light pressure (don't rush).
Keep hand in place until horse makes any movement downward however slight
it might be. Repeat until you get the results you want.
This is a lesson that you can teach your horse in an hour or two. Some horses get it in as little as fifteen minutes. Be patient, don't fight with your horse. The investment in a little time now will last a lifetime with your horse.