A set back and fright today- making me second guess if what I'm doing is good or not. I started clicker training 6 days ago(you can see my journal entries here on the forum in the member journals section)is going well.
Up in the paddock today just hanging out with Beau, no clicker training.
Gave him some lucerne to eat from bucket, he ate that calmly, I stood nearby watching, not interfering at all.
Afterwards when he had enough he walked to me, gave him a pat and he seemed enjoying it and relaxed.
I was standing next to him, in the paddock, leaning on the fence with my head turned the other way and he bit my arm out of the blue. I was shocked really. He gave no hint that he would do that. I gave him a quick smack on the mouth and a quick verbal.
I just stood there though because I was shocked I guess. It didn't hurt or anything but I did feel his whole mouth on my arm. When I was looking at him I noticed his sheath was fully out, like he was very relaxed. What the?....
Was he trying to get my attention, treating me like another horse what the hell went through his mind? I'm now thinking was it because he used to getting clicker treats now and expects it?..
I know a lot of people are for it and a lot are not. I'm new to horses so I really just want to find out the psychology behind his horsey mind. I have a teenage daughter to look out for who loves horses and when fully ready wants her own, but I know if she's the one that gets bitten, it will put her right off.
Any ideas behind his frame of mind would be great. Also any book or DVD on horse psychology that anyone recommends?