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        02-01-2010, 07:17 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    From your post it sounds like you are cueing the canter from the trot. I would do it from the walk and see if that makes a difference.

    I never give my horses treats as it makes them bite. I had a nieghbor that kept feeding mine apples and I only knew because the horse started biting. They kept denying it until I caught them. The horse quit biting once the treats stopped. If you must give them treats put it in a bucket or on the ground not from your hand. I was at a stable were the owner kept giving her horses carrots and it would snap at you when you walked by it stall that was open at the top half. I told her it was going to bite someone and she said no way would it ever bite someone. Well about an hour later it picked me up off the ground by the shoulder. I could barely drive home and was lucky that I didn't have a serious injury. She now has the top of the stall not open.
         
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        02-01-2010, 07:56 PM
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    Foal
    WOW ... did it break the skin? I had no idea it could CAUSE biting. Yes, when I am out of apples or carrots, Gina will pull at my shirt looking for more treats. AND ... this is only a funny thing ... I feed her carrots first and when the apples come out ... she literally SPITS out the carrots in her mouth so she can have the apples. Obviously her favorite.

    Hmmm...good to know it causes biting. I am foolish around ALL animals. Many of the stable horses, I break a carrot in two, I take the really big piece and put it in my mouth and have the horses eat it from my mouth. I think it's a great trick ... YES the owners have cautioned me not to get bit .... I've been luck so far. NO, I have NEVER done this with Gina and I won't.

    On the original topic ... I have never seen Gina run in a pasture or a lunge, so I don't know if she does her head thing then. Yes, we do transition from trot to canter. And overall, it could just be 'her' thing. I just thought it pretty odd.

    Thank you ... I really appreciate all the info. I won't ride her again until spring/summer. We live in Idaho and the ring they let me use is open and exposed to the elements.
         
        02-03-2010, 02:15 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Marielw    
    WOW ... did it break the skin? I had no idea it could CAUSE biting. Yes, when I am out of apples or carrots, Gina will pull at my shirt looking for more treats. AND ... this is only a funny thing ... I feed her carrots first and when the apples come out ... she literally SPITS out the carrots in her mouth so she can have the apples. Obviously her favorite.

    Hmmm...good to know it causes biting. I am foolish around ALL animals. Many of the stable horses, I break a carrot in two, I take the really big piece and put it in my mouth and have the horses eat it from my mouth. I think it's a great trick ... YES the owners have cautioned me not to get bit .... I've been luck so far. NO, I have NEVER done this with Gina and I won't.

    On the original topic ... I have never seen Gina run in a pasture or a lunge, so I don't know if she does her head thing then. Yes, we do transition from trot to canter. And overall, it could just be 'her' thing. I just thought it pretty odd.

    Thank you ... I really appreciate all the info. I won't ride her again until spring/summer. We live in Idaho and the ring they let me use is open and exposed to the elements.
    I had a knot on my shoulder about the size of a baseball. I couldn't lift my arm to drive home and I was 3 hours away so did everything 1 armed. I was lucky I know people that it ripped ligiments and they had to have surgery.
         

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