Whenever I go to bridle the horse that I ride (he’s 17.3 hands), he becomes a giraffe. Does anyone have any tips to help me get his head down or stop him from throwing his head up?

My horse did this when I first got him, he was only 15.1hh but I was only 11! He is quite food orientated so treats definitely helped, but long term the problem was fixed when I changed bit from the mouthpiece being made of stainless steel to sweet iron with a copper lozenge, which he loves the taste of.

Even if your horse is just doing it to be naughty, if he likes the bit there's more of an incentive to behave!
My horse is 17.2 so I know what u mean! It’s took me 1 and 1/2 months to figure it out. I take the bridle in my right hand and kinda hold my arm over his nose but I don’t apply pressure until I’m trying to put the bit in so we won’t move. My horse also won’t open his mouth so I stick my index finger in his mouth
This depends on the horse, but put your fingers in his jaw and hold his head up where he wants, and soon he will want to put his head down, but keep it up just a little longer so that he knows you are in charge! Like I said before, this has worked for me, but it depends on the horse, I have had some horses who are “immune” to it!
This could be examples of bad behaviour or where previous owners have not taught the horse to accept the bit.

Our method of taking the bit is to put your left hand on your horses face, the right hand goes behind the ears to the bridlepath. Apply pressure on both of these points at the same time while asking him to put his head down. When he gives in to any pressure, release it and reward him.

When he is doing this without any problems or hesitations start getting something sweet like molasses and putting a tiny bit on your forefinger. Offer this to him and do ground work and desensitization while offering more molasses in between.

Getting your horse to take the bit, dip the middle of your bridle into molasses and he should be more accepting of the bridle. - I hope this works and if theres any more questions or I didn't explain anything clearly, message me :3
I rode a horse like that for a while... I had to use a stool to put his bridle on, otherwise it would take me 30 minutes.
Hi Gwen.
I guess it depends on why he does it.
I've had several horses who did that.
One was incredibly scared so, for a while we put the bridle together piece by piece on his head, until he trusted us and stopped.
Another was suspicious because the previous owner pinched his ears to get the bridle on, treats worked with him.
There's was another who was just a pain in the butt... So when he put his head up we would MAKE him stay up, until he grew tired
My mare was the same as this until I moved her into the Schokemhole Malibu bridle from DonnaDiva Equestrian. She’s 18hh and it was becoming unmanageable!
Hey Gwen! I used to have a horse that did this and what I did is I used treats to encourage him to put this head down. Also if you grab a stool and show them that you are boss that should help! And if he keeps doing it pinch his nose and he’ll but his head down!
Hope this helps!!
The way I have found to do this because I have the same struggle ! Is when tacking him up. Do it so he is standing. Next to a wall. So he can’t lift his head away from you. But if that’s don’t work. Encourage him. But also put your hand around his nose and hold it. Don’t pull him down. Just hold his nose so he can’t lift it
mabey put honey on the bit if it likes it
Sometimes it’s good to put your hand under his chin and lift it up therefor when he wants to put it down you can put the bridal on
An old horse of my was like this and what we would do is rub the top part of his head and then give him a treat keeping his head low and we would slowly start being the bridle closer and closer to his head and then eventually we were able to put his bridle on without any troubles
If you scroll down there will be Part 2 about accepting the bit
The one I sent you is about encouraging the horse to keep their head down
https://youtu.be/8jvU0gM1Vz8
I'd try this 😉😉
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