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    12-13-2012, 09:08 PM
Eeek-my horse bit the barn assistant

Got to the barn tonight, and barn assistant told me my horse bit him while he was in her stall putting her blanket on.

I've never seen her bite or nip, so this seemed odd. That said, I have seen two potential signs though that didn't make me 100% surprised (just 98% surprised...).
1. She's been making nasty faces, even at me, when the blanket goes up over her back. She's always been girthy and these are the same "don't do that" faces she makes during saddling (back and saddle fit checked recently, all's well).
2. When she's in the aisle on crossties and he walks by she pins her ears and gives him her nastiest mare face. This has been in the past week- so something's going on between them.

He has a lifetime of horse experience and I trust his horse handling skills. He said he did get after her when she bit, but I absolutely do NOT want this escalating. I wasn't there to see what happened in the moment, so I'm not quite sure if I would have done anything differently (though again, I trust his instincts). So...any advice on staying on top of this and not let it get worse?
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    12-13-2012, 09:15 PM
He needs to correct her. She should have been corrected while she was giving the threats. When she bit him he should have made her think she was going to die.
    12-13-2012, 09:20 PM
He needs to grow a set of flying elbows!
The 'weaker' lady at the barn is always getting bit, it's because she is too switched off and too 'nice' to even make a horse move out of the way........I saw the yearling bite the back of her leg one day and I said 'get after him!!'.....her reply 'I don't have it in me' now I just don't give a flying hoot if she gets bit.......she obviously hasn't been bit hard enough to care YET.......
    12-13-2012, 09:24 PM
Yes, I agree with you both. When he told me she bit, my first question was, "did you get her back?" He said he did- but again, I wasn't there to see any of it. But I do trust his horse handling skills generally.

I think I need to get tougher about the ear pinning/girthy stuff. I think she sees the blanket coming over her back the same way she sees the saddle pad. Of course if she's allowed to get away with ear pinning at the saddle pad, she assumes it's ok with the blanket.

So maybe that's what I really need advice on. When tacking up, she's on crossties. We have no tie post where I could tie her and make her move if she gets nasty faces while saddling. The only thing I've ever come up with about the saddling is just to growl "quuuuit"- but obviously that has been ineffective.
    12-13-2012, 09:27 PM
Is there any way your horse could be experiencing pain of some kind in the girth/barrel/back area? If this is a recent phenomenon that she's getting nippy about blanketing I would also consider (if her handling hasn't been changed) that she could be in pain of some kind.
    12-13-2012, 10:07 PM
Is it dry where you live right now? Those blankets get awful staticky after a while. Last year, after about a month, my mare wouldn't even let anyone come near her with her blanket and would just turn her butt. Turns out it was just shocking her. Running a dryer sheet along the inside will help, if that's the case.
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    12-13-2012, 10:17 PM
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Yeah, my poor kids crackle like rice crispies when you pet them this time of year.
    12-13-2012, 10:22 PM
I got a poor mare in the eyelid when I took off her blanket one day. I've been shocked in the face, but not the eye.. I felt bad.
    12-13-2012, 10:44 PM
Hmm...interesting idea. It is true that its dry and staticky now.
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    12-13-2012, 10:47 PM
Originally Posted by Ashleysmardigrasgirl    
Is there any way your horse could be experiencing pain of some kind in the girth/barrel/back area? If this is a recent phenomenon that she's getting nippy about blanketing I would also consider (if her handling hasn't been changed) that she could be in pain of some kind.
I don't think so. She's been seen by a chiro and saddle fitter in the past month or so-because of her girthy behavior. We made an adjustment to the saddle to stop some pinching on her shoulder, but her back is fine. She needs to build up her top line, but we're working in that.
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