I don't have a dog to post a photo of. Feeling like I'm missing out some how. Roslyn maintains we don't need a dog as I do a fair bit of barking. Not sure how to take that. Could be getting got at.
Hunter65, Still no rain am getting very concerned, the grass has dried right up and is now turning to dust. We see clouds but the darn things don't stop at my place. Water is now $600 for 19,000 litres and its a long que. I now will be spending the remainder of my holiday looking for more suitable hay. Most of whats is for sale is very dry and with very little feed value.
As for the horse biting you, I normally do not hit a horse on the face. But, there is a time when drastic action is required and to me that is it. Savannah once tried to bite me, my responce was swift and directed right at her front lip. She was very unsure around me for a while but got over it and never tried that on again.
You mentioned she had done it before, and got you on the back, also does she bite the farrier. Once all of the saddle issues have been sorted if she does it again whack her on the nose. It won't make her head shy if its only a one off but she will be a little cautious for a while.
When I do up the girth on Stella she swings her head around but has not bitten me. I now tighten it up a little, than lift both her front legs then return to the final tighten. That redirects her. I have also thrown her a curve by changing from tightening the girth from her left side to her right and back again.
Another thing you could try is make believe you are tightening the girth and have a crop in hand and as she starts to swing her head around tap her on the check and keep tapping until she turns her head away, getting a little harder with each tap.
Well i'm off outside now, there is a cloud hanging around, I'll take my guitar and sing an appropriate country song, since the rain dance has not worked. Ill need to be careful the last time I did something like that my neighbour aimed some bird shot in my general direction.