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        02-08-2009, 09:49 PM
      #11
    Foal
    I recently got a 10 month old Arabian. He is my first Arabian to ever be around and first colt I have ever had. I enjoyed reading this information also! I need any help I can get with him. He is very sweet but he has gotten very bad about biting.
         
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        02-08-2009, 09:53 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by crystal8489    
    I recently got a 10 month old Arabian. He is my first Arabian to ever be around and first colt I have ever had. I enjoyed reading this information also! I need any help I can get with him. He is very sweet but he has gotten very bad about biting.
    When does he bite? Is it all the time or just a specific time I.e when your going to catch him or when your just standing next to him etc?
         
        02-08-2009, 10:24 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Well he just started it a few days ago and its all the time. And he bites the lead rope as well. I just snap at him and point and he seems to back off for then but then a few minutes later he will start it again.Any ideas on how to stop it?
         
        02-08-2009, 10:32 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    my old gelding used to chew on his lead rope and bite alot too but he done this because he wanted to be naughty. If I am correct your colt is 10 months? With him being this age your going to get the toddler of the horse. Basically he is just growing up and going through the stages a human would. I.e being a lil naughty and testing you to see what he can get away with.
    You also said you recently got him so he will be establishing pecking order in a way. He is basically saying im going to try biting and nipping here and there to see if you will let me get away with it. Is he doing it in a horrible nasty way like ears back and teeth showing or is he doing it in a playfull I mean nothing by this kind of way?
    If he bites you when you go to feed him etc, take the food away and bring it back when he has calmed down. If he goes to do it again take the food away again and carry on the process untill he knows biting means no food.
    Also when my gelding was biting on the lead rope it was to undo it and untie himself. So if he does this just back him up and when he stops doing it reward him. If he does it again take the reward away. For example if you scratch him behind the ears and then he does it again stop. Does he do it when he thinks you arent looking, when your back is turned or does he do it if your there reguardless.
    I hope this helps. If you want any more info just ask... I've had my fair share of bites from my gelding
    Good luck
         
        02-08-2009, 10:35 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Thanks so much! I will start working with him tomorrow and see if it helps. I don't really think he is tring to be mean although I bent down and he really tried to get my face..
         
        02-08-2009, 10:39 PM
      #16
    Started
    Jemmamalone....tell us about your Arabian....we'd love to hear about her!
         
        02-08-2009, 10:40 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    What was you doing when you bent down and he tried to get your face. He is just going through the 'terrible two's' as we say with kids. If you was grooming or something he could be saying I don't want to do this any more. If this is the case he needs to learn he doesn't always get his own way you need to compromise and come to a mutual agreement. If you was grooming just walk away and come back after a couple of minutes. Leaving him tied up safely and keeping an eye on him so as he isnt unsupervised. He will soon learn that what he is doing isnt getting him attention and that is bad. When you come back just go up to his face and gently stroke his nose and say ok im back. If he tries it again... go away again. Don't just give up and put him back in field/stable as he will learn that to bite means to go back to field buddys or stable. This is bad trait to get into. Good luck tomorrow nd let me know how it goes :)
         
        02-08-2009, 10:54 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I was actually just petting him and I just bent down like nose to nose. But I havent just put him up I make him deal with me. I have also been trying to work with picking his feet up. He is not too excited about that!
         
        02-08-2009, 11:48 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    Could it be his teeth are bothering him? Like how babies' teeth hurt? You should get him a jolly ball to play with. Just keep working with him and exposing him to as many things as you can...the more the better at his age. This is his "molding" time to learn and know that you're boss :)
         
        02-09-2009, 12:31 AM
      #20
    Weanling
    Heres a question, I know your teaching him with his feet are you doing any more training with him? Maybe he is just getting a little overwhelmed with everything your trying to teach him and venting it with biting. Just a suggestion?
         

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