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    08-06-2008, 10:19 PM
Green Broke
Love Bites

Do horses actually give love bites?

Fritz bit me on Monday as I was grooming him. It wasn't a MEAN bite, as his ears weren't laid back, and he wasn't acting crazy or anything, and it wasn't like he was actually going for meat. It was just a lil nip.

I told my instructor that he bit me, and she said that it was probably just a little love bite. I didn't think horses actually did something like that?

Can anyone weigh in on this subject?
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    08-07-2008, 10:45 AM
Green Broke
When horses are grooming each other they can get really into it and get their teeth going. My horse will nibble me with his lips but never teeth. That'd be a bad thing. I wouldn't call that love!
    08-07-2008, 04:41 PM
Nibbles = good
Bites = bad

Especially a bite from Solon! You could lose an arm!
    08-07-2008, 05:47 PM
Green Broke
Ah yea, that's what I thought, I wasn't overly impressed.
    08-07-2008, 08:45 PM
Our stallion flirts with me, he doesn't do it to anyone else.
He's not really biting or trying to cause me hurt, just his way
Or flirting I suppose.. :P
    08-07-2008, 09:45 PM
Green Broke
Well it wasn't like it was hurtful. It's not like he took a mouthful of my arm, it was just a lil nibble. I DO have a bruise tho. Lol
    08-07-2008, 10:22 PM
I understand that it wasn't meant to be hurtful or anything but I would strongly discourage him from doing it again, and if he does maybe give him a bump on the nose or something. Harmless stuff like that can lead to actual biting over time.

    08-07-2008, 11:51 PM
Green Broke
I did bump him on the nose and used a firm NO! He was being very sassy that day. I have requested a different horse for my next lesson. Hopefully that'll take care of some of the apprehensiveness I am feeling.
    08-08-2008, 12:18 AM
Glad to hear it. Some people let horses get away with too much in my opinion. Yes, you can be your horse's friend, but he/she also has to respect you. (you in the general sense)

I'm pretty sure that it was just out of affection, or just a playful nibble so I wouldn't be too put off by it just be more aware of him.

    08-08-2008, 07:37 AM
Green Broke
I'd say shame on your instructor for thinking any kind of teeth bite that leaves a bruise is acceptable!

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