How to get people to stop handfeeding my horse?
I bought my horse Dozer about a week or so ago. My sister in law is very noncompliant on my instructions. The prior owner said not to allow handfeeding as i will cause nipping and biting.
Well, in addition to him already trying to adjust to his new home, me, and the donkey, Dozer is tattling on my in law big time by trying to nip at hands.
The prior owner said he had never been hand fed. Now when we go near him to pet him, he has nipped a few times.
I havent actually caught her or others doing this, but of all the people who live near me, she would definitely be the guilty culprit. When I told her before I ever unloaded him from the trailer not to hand feed him, she got mad and walked off as if she was trying to ignore me.
Even Jack, the donkey nips. Ive seen her hand feed him.Go figure. I think its being done when Im not around, but like I said, Dozer is telling me his story by his actions.
Ive already asked nicely for this not to be done. If I have to get hateful and bossy, I will but what other ideas out there do you guys have on this?
I tell him NO when he nips. If i give him apples or anything I cut them up and put them in his big pan on the ground, same as for Jack. Jack hasnt nipped at me yet. He seems to know our routine of putting items on the ground as a treat.
I thought about posting a sign, but I know she'd ignore that.
I figure if she doesnt follow my instructions one or both of them will eventually bite her real good. Maybe thats what it will take.