How to get people to stop handfeeding my horse?

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    10-26-2010, 10:37 AM
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. I've 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.
I've 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 that's what it will take.
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    10-26-2010, 11:00 AM
Green Broke
Catch her in the act, and take it to the law if she's blatently not following your instructions. It's your horse. Post signs, too. As for the re-training I think you're Doing a good Job.
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    10-26-2010, 12:03 PM
Post signs. However I doubt they'll help. In fact even if you go nasty it may not help. Some people are just so dumb they ignore any requests coming (whether in polite or not-so-polite way).

I hate (and always very afraid) when people give something to my horses. Especially kids, who can give them something poisoned without even realizing it.
    10-26-2010, 12:08 PM
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
Catch her in the act, and take it to the law if she's blatently not following your instructions.
I am guessing that is a figure of speech that I do not know. You can not actually mean taking legal action, can you? I can not imagine what legal action can be taken.

If it was my horse I would look at this from another angle. Teach your horse that nipping and biting at you is not acceptable, ever. They are smart enough to know that they are allowed to walk all over some people and not others.

It is far easier to train the horse than it is to train relatives.
    10-26-2010, 12:13 PM
I would post signs (that way everyone knows and theres no misunderstandings) and then let her get bit. You can still work with him and maybe he'll be like Jack and realize you do not hand feed and in fact do not put up with nipping.

If he gets worse with the nipping I would ask her (as it seems you haven't ever seen her actually feed the horse) if she's been hand feeding and if she's notices him biting at hands.
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    10-26-2010, 12:18 PM
OP, aren't you boarding at a relative's house? If that's the case and it's Jack's owner who's been hand feeding your horse, I have a feeling you're SOL.

Unless you have the animal on your own property or board it at a regular facility you really don't have a way to MAKE anyone, especially the property owner, stop hand feeding your horse.

Plus, this person is family. It's always a very sticky situation when it involves blood relatives.
    10-26-2010, 01:46 PM
We have about 15 acres of pasture that we share with my in law. Jacks owner doesnt hand feed either one..he said he thinks its the same one I do. Just so happens the pasture line goes up to where my SIL stays she's got easy access without being seen since none of us can see each others houses.
To put it nicely, she tries to test everybodys patience....shes fried her brain over the past 20 years if ya follow me.
I will catch her doing it...just a matter of when, not if.
I tell Dozer No when he's nipped at me...I could care less if he takes her fingers off...itll be as a result of her own stupidity.
    10-26-2010, 01:54 PM
Just put a hot wire up to 6 feet high where you can't see your SIL. I'm sure she's smart enough not to touch one.
    10-26-2010, 01:54 PM
If your horse kept biting the alpha horse do you think the alpha horse would be going 'oh no, Dobbin, stop that please'? Haul off and tell him no and mean it.

I agree that if she gets her fingers bit off it is her own problem. But your home owner's insurance might not feel the same way. Horses are an attractive nuisance.

Luckily you live in a state with an Equine Limited Liability law. Please read up on it and make sure you have the proper signs posted to protect yourself.

Edit to add - Great idea Kitten.
    10-26-2010, 02:00 PM
Sharing property is tough. Is there anyway you can keep Dozer to your side of the 15 acres of pasture?
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