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Tips for Bridling a Head Shy Horse

Building trust and confidence with a head shy horse takes time, patience and consistency. Treat his head and neck with great respect, never pushing, pulling or hitting him there. When you are grooming him or just hanging out, take the opportunity to gently touch, stroke or massage his neck, poll, ears and muzzle. Don’t force him to accept it, and just do a little each time. Train him to bring his head to you by stroking his “bend button” at the girth. Facing your horse, stroke his girth. Put your weight in your leg furthest from his head so that your hip nearest his head is “open.” This creates an invitation for him to bring his head towards you without reading any threatening body language from you. At first, do not touch his head when he brings it in. Slide your hand up from his girth to his withers and…

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