My horse is a biter. We're working on it and he was getting really good until he got put on stall rest for 5 months. I'm not ignoring the issue but I have asked people (and put a note on his stall) to please not touch him unless I'm there (with the exception of certain people I trust to handle him correctly). Mostly people stay away from him and everything is fine. I spend a lot of time with him so he's not lonely.
One girl refuses to leave him alone. She thinks she can "fix" him by gently slapping his nose when he nips which he joyfully responds to with another more assertive nip. They will continue this until he's biting her jacket and pulling on her. I do not like my horse nipping, lipping or putting his open mouth anywhere near a person. He's extremely playful and he doesn't necessarily bite to be mean (he has though) but I don't want him to bite At All. Ever. And I've showed her how I'd like her to respond to his biting and she refuses. So I've told her to please not mess with him;I have everything under control and don't need her help. However since she's a "trainer" clearly she knows what to do and she continues to mess with him despite my asking her not to.
After all that, my question is: what else can I do or say to get her to leave him alone? I don't like my horse learning he can bite anyone; I believe it's an extremely bad habit to let a horse play using his teeth. I also don't want to burn bridges at my barn. I've been in enough barn drama that I have learned being blunt with people doesn't always work well. Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do or do I need to just say what needs to be said and deal with whatever happens? I don't know how much longer he'll be on stall rest but it'll be a little while yet...
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