To be able to position the bridle on the colt’s head while he remains standing still and relaxed. Why Now that you have thoroughly desensitized the colt to the bit, you’re ready to put the bridle on and slip the bit into his mouth.
Teaching Stage Note:
The first time you put the bridle on the colt, I would recommend just letting him wear it the first day so he can get used to the way it feels. In other words, don’t actually pull on the bit the first day. Either tie the reins up to the horn or take the reins off completely so that he’s just wearing the headstall while you do groundwork with the halter.
Step 1: Lengthen the bridle so that it’s easy for you to pull the headstall over the colt’s ears.
It’s better to have the headstall too big than too small, because it’s easier to adjust it if it’s too large. If it’s too small, you won’t be able to get it up over the colt’s ears, and then you will have to take the bit out of his mouth and start over. That wouldn’t be the end of the world, but it’s best to be prepared. Even if you can get it over his ears, if it’s too small it will really pull on his mouth until you get it adjusted. You don’t want the colt to associate the bit with an uncomfortable feeling.
Step 2: Ask the colt to lower his head to pressure from your thumb and index finger on his poll.
Then ask him to tip his head toward you by pressing on the right side of his jaw with your fingertips. Always make a horse come to you when you go to bridle him or halter him. You should never have to reach for him.
Step 3: Put your right hand between the colt’s ears to pull the headstall up toward his ears while holding the bit in your left hand.
Step 4: Rub the bit over the colt’s muzzle and put your thumb in the corner of his mouth to ask him to open his mouth.