Q: My trail horse has a nasty habit of wanting to eat grass while we’re out on a ride. It’s annoying and embarrassing. Plus I hate to be pulling on his mouth all the time to get his head up. How can I break my horse of this?
Just to be clear, this quick nip maneuver is different from getting into a tug-of-war and simply pulling back with both reins. As you’ve discovered, you cannot out-pull a horse determined to eat on the go. If this suggestion doesn’t work, or if you simply don’t have the perseverance, then you can thwart your horse’s behavior with additional tack. A certain type of over-check rein will prevent your horse from dropping his head and grazing. Or you can try a muzzle that fits over your horse’s mouth, so he can’t get food past his lips. If you choose either of these items, make sure you get knowledgeable advice on how to fit them properly.
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