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post #1 of 7 Old 07-14-2010, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Can't Feed Treats!!

I can't feed my horse treats by hand anymore! He's started biting. He see's my hands and he'll nudge me and then bite. He bit me twice at the horse show I went to this past weekend and just yesterday before my riding lesson he bit my hand when he saw it in his reach. It sux and I don't understand it. I've had him for 9 years and he's never bitten me, despite being fed treats by hand all that time. Could it have something to do with his attitude? Could he just be unhappy?
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-14-2010, 12:26 PM
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I've known lots of people who don't feed treats for that exact reason. Strange that his behaviour has changed if you have been doing the same thing for 9 years thoughs. Maybe someone else has started feeding him?
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-14-2010, 01:14 PM
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Its a common problem. When he goes to bite you, Make a "ssh" sound and wave your hand up in his face. Do it everytime and stop the treats for awhile.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-14-2010, 01:29 PM
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Horses associate food with a place. Just like a horse will bite and paw an empty food dish. He is biting an empty treat source, aka your hand. I think that if you are going to give him treats, you should put them in a small dish. It will be much safer.
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-14-2010, 09:17 PM
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Yep, a lot of my friends have horses with bad habits from all that hand feeding. I always bring my horse a carrot and half an apple for after the ride, he gets it in a bucket with his evening grain mix.

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post #6 of 7 Old 07-14-2010, 10:34 PM
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It just irks you when they bite doesn't it! A pan for a treat is a always a good idea,
but it doesn't always go that way. If my guys nose around to hard I pinch their nostril softly and raise my open palms in the air. Its their signal that I have nothing and they know what it means.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-19-2010, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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thanks guys. What bothers me isn't so much the biting its that after 9 years of no biting even when he wanted a treat and I didn't have one, he's started.
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