In my previous article I talked about how to prepare your horse before going to the track, both when putting the chair, as the head. He said that nervous horses may want to avoid this moment, giving problems to place the equipment, but whether nervous or not, maybe your horse resists putting the head, and there is no way to open your mouth. This is more frequent than it should, especially in equestrian clubs and equestrian clubs.
It may be due to many factors, among which we can highlight that the horse, most likely, it does not feel confortable with the work he performs on the track, or with how he is treated when he is mounted. Of course, if the horse resists to put the head, means a refusal to be mounted. Although there is also the possibility that it is timely, due to dental problems, for example. If your horse did not usually have this mania, and it suddenly arises, you should call the vet immediately, as it is probably due to dental discomfort.
Anyway, it is a difficult mania to remove, and there are even horses that take it even when they lead a balanced life. You may have heard or read, that the main "solution" is to put a finger through the corner of the lips, where the mouth sits, and this way I should open my mouth, but I know that it does not always work so well. If you are desperate and do not know what to do to not live that endless struggle to open your mouth every day, Here I bring you a couple of tricks.
Sweeten your palate with honey!
One of the best tricks to get your horse to open its mouth is to use honey, or another similar item such as agave syrup or maple syrup. This, being sweet, attracts them, thus becoming a good way to "camel". First, put yourself a little in your hand to know if you are interested, if you will not make a laughter at all! In case the test is successful, and your horse has entered the “give me more, human” mode, try put honey all over the mouth of the head Now you just have to pray and try again. Horse should be attracted for her and forget that what goes into her mouth is her steak or bite long enough so that there is no turning back.
Trick or treat: apples and carrots
If honey doesn't work for you, which horse resists a rich carrot? And a juicy and fresh apple? Your next mission will be distract him a bit with any of these two succulent goodies so that you end up opening your mouth without realizing it. You can take advantage of it just when you open it to catch the treat, or try to hook a small piece in the bite or steak. You can even hold a piece of candy with one hand, and the mouth (at the ends) with the other, to fool you With the smell of food, many will simply believe themselves smarter than you, thinking they can only take the candy. Sharpen your ingenuity and become a deceiver to achieve your purpose. If you try to cover your eyes it may be more effective (but better as a last option).
Then, I want my horse to collaborate in the operation, not support it. Which means that I don't have to get on a stool to be at the level of your head for example! Make sure your horse is well prepared to position its head when asked. This work is important for Prepare your horse for the bridle and the bite.
Present the bite
This stage may take a little longer but it is really worth it. The idea is to teach your horse to open its mouth the moment you present it to you. Then, think of this stage as an investment phase that will allow you to save a lot of time later!
Lower your head slightly, have the bite in the plane of your left hand and present it to your lips. Wait!
Now that your horse has the head with the mouthful in the mouth, you can gently lift it, place the right ear and then the left, remove the mane that are compressed and ... ACARICIA YOUR HORSE, from the ears to the snout, be generous, make him understand that every time you present him the bite, this will end with caresses on his face. In the end, he will look for the snack himself!