HIDEAWAY TRAINING TIP
OPEN MOUTH FOR BIT
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Ever try to bridle up only to have your horse refuse
to open his mouth for the bit? You pull up on the bridle and the bit bangs
around the horses teeth and he begins throwing his head around. Any of
this sound familiar? Then this months tip is for you. After this lesson,
your horse will open wide for you anytime you give him the cue.
Stand on the left side of your horse holding the lead
rope just under the halter with your right hand. Take the four fingers
of your left hand and push them slowly into the horses mouth at the left
corner being careful to avoid his teeth. If he opens his mouth, immediately
pull your fingers from his mouth. If he doesn't open, keep your fingers
in his mouth until he does. You don't have to do anything more except
leave your fingers in his mouth and wait. Sooner or later he will get
tired of your fingers in his mouth and will open up. As soon as he does,
pull your fingers out. Repeat this until he opens his mouth immediately
as you begin to insert your fingers.
Once he consistently opens his mouth to your four fingers,
start over again with only three fingers repeating as stated above until
the horse consistently opens his mouth immediately as you start to insert
Repeat the work with two fingers until he consistently
opens his mouth.
Repeat the work with just one finger.
The final step is to repeat the process with your left
thumb, leaving it in until he opens his mouth and immediately pulling
your thumb out when he does. When he consistently opens his mouth as soon
as you BEGIN to push your thumb into his mouth, he is ready for the bridle
If you have worked this lesson consistently through
all the steps, you should have no problem bridling your horse. Be patient,
be consistent and insist that your horse be consistent too.