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    07-24-2011, 09:49 AM
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My horse tries to bite me in showmanship. She is fine at a walk but at a trot , back , pivot , and squareing up.(She is a 9 year old quarter horse mare.) Thanks for helping
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    07-24-2011, 01:34 PM
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When you practice your leading skills at home, does she nap at you then, too? Are you using a chain on her nose.? I know that makes Mac crabby.

But, ulitimately, you will have to work with her more on this and being careful to set boundaries and reinforce them , that says to your mare, "your head doesn't pass this imaginary line." If it does, then you tap firmly on her cheek or nose and "bob" her over . It doesn't hurt but is annoying and a sharp reminder that she just crossed the line. But, you must be consistent. If you do, then just your raising your fingers, and using a scolding voice to say, "no!" or whatever you choose (I say " ah ah ah!"), will be enough to remind your mare to stay in her space, not yours.
    07-24-2011, 06:09 PM
Thanks I will try that
    08-10-2011, 11:54 PM
She would bite me just once and her butt would be backing around the arena till she decides to stand like a lady. I would practice this at home and outside in the practice arena. JMO
    08-21-2011, 05:55 PM
This isn't acceptable behavour from your horse and should be delt with straight away. Although, Please check her saddle and ALL tack fits comfortably as this could be the reason if the tack is not fitted correcly/too tight. Xxxx
1. Priority in my books it to insure horse and its rider is comfortable.

If you have any further questions feel free to ask :) xxxxx
    08-21-2011, 09:28 PM
I'm not normally a follower of any specific horseman, but have you tried some of Clinton Anderson's groundwork and respect work? It helped me with my lippy horse.
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    08-21-2011, 09:38 PM
Originally Posted by goodhrs    
She would bite me just once and her butt would be backing around the arena till she decides to stand like a lady. I would practice this at home and outside in the practice arena. JMO

I'm with GOODHRS! If she nips or bites one time, it should be the last time. This is one thing you should over-disclipline at home because if and when she realizes you can't tune on her at a show, you have a sour horse on your hands.
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    01-21-2012, 05:04 PM
When she goes to nip at you just have your hand like a fist and pop her under the jaw. Don't hit her real hard just so she will pay attention. Do it evertime she nips. As soon as she nips. My horse had a bad time nipping and biting and I did that and havent had a problem takes alittle while. But just say no and hit it under the jaw. But make sure you do it as sooon as she nips and not afterwards.
    01-21-2012, 09:08 PM
Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
I'm not normally a follower of any specific horseman, but have you tried some of Clinton Anderson's groundwork and respect work? It helped me with my lippy horse.
I second this. My horse used to be in my bubble constantly until I started groundwork with him, and CA had a specific article in H&R about working with nippy horses and how to gain their respect as well as what not to do. I can try and find it for you if you'd like.
    01-21-2012, 09:53 PM
Are you using a chain for doing showmanship? Utilize it with swift one time correction & stand quiet a moment for her to process that & turn her focus/respect toward you & proceed on. If she attempts again, correct again & again as needed till she clues in.You have to refocus her to you & the work at hand, maintain a calm yet firm consistent manner of direction.
Chain for showmanship goes under jaw not over nose. The chain normally is in neutral/relax tension.Any tension or small jerks to the chain are for correction/direction only. Once horse has responded to it tension should be immediately released.A trained showmanship horse rarely has contact/tension from the chain.
My Showmanship mare knows when it is time to work & basically shadows my movements/body language until I tell her she can chill stand & relax.Like a riding horse when you pick up the reins to go work,their attention should be on you & the job.

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