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    07-06-2011, 02:32 PM
  #1
Weanling
When you find the spot and horse starts to scratch you back so much it hurts :P

What do you do then?
Candy starts to use her teeth on me when she's really itchy and I start to scratch her and it's ok in the winter when I wear at least 3 jackets, but in the summer is really auchy on my shoulders. Or head
     
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    07-06-2011, 02:36 PM
  #2
Showing
Don't continue to let her do it. You've allowed a bad habit to start, and now you need to address it.

My horses are not allowed to go after me with their teeth or lips, regardless of their intent. I don't care if that itchy place feels soooo good, they're to keep their teeth to themselves.

It's not cute and she's not showing affection when it happens.
     
    07-06-2011, 02:56 PM
  #3
Weanling
I don't find this dangerous, or that bad habit will come out of it. She never attacked me or had any intentions to do it.
We're doing this for 3 years already. It's me who usually starts to scratch her, or even if she starts, she always uses just lips. Only if I find a fly bite or something like that, then she increases the pressure and starts scratching me with her teeth. It's not like she's going to break my shoulder or that she attacks me when I came anywhere near her.
She is itchy and when anyone is itchy he scratches. I really don't see why I shouldn't let her do it. It's what horses do to each other and people too.
     
    07-06-2011, 03:03 PM
  #4
Banned
Our horses do that all the time.

We don't have a problem with it.

They don't hurt us, it is like a mutual grooming.
     
    07-06-2011, 03:11 PM
  #5
Showing
People are NOT horses and we're much more thin skinned, nor do we groom each other with our teeth.

I don't allow my horses to use their teeth on me, period. Allowing your animals to continue unacceptable behavior is doing them no favors in the long run.

You should be aware that you or your parents are liable if someone else gets hurt because you didn't correct your animal, and now it thinks it's okay to use their teeth on humans.

There's a whole big world out there, and the majority of it is filled with non-horse people who WILL sue if they or their children get hurt by your misbehaving animal.

It's not cute and it is dangerous, whether or not you want to believe that.
     
    07-06-2011, 03:22 PM
  #6
Showing
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Originally Posted by manca    
I don't find this dangerous, or that bad habit will come out of it. She never attacked me or had any intentions to do it..
Then why ask what to do? It is a dangerous habit that should never be allowed. What may seem like a "mutual" grooming is over the line. When my horses try to "groom" me I push their heads away gently but firmly - this is not something that is permissible. It can be very dangerous if your horse takes a bite out of your shoulder like they would on another horse.
     
    07-06-2011, 03:34 PM
  #7
Banned
My goodness, that is a really frightening idea, I would never allow a horse to do that to me. I cannot imagine what would happen if the horse got too carried away and bit your head.

Please do not allow your horse to do this anymore, it's very dangerous.
     
    07-06-2011, 03:49 PM
  #8
Yearling
That sure would come in handy if humans were known for having flea outbreaks...

Num num num
     
    07-06-2011, 04:08 PM
  #9
Banned
This is the exact thing that you are talking about Manca. Now imagine if that bite was to your head.

     
    07-06-2011, 04:09 PM
  #10
Super Moderator
Like they said, you can let her move her lips and pretend to groom you, but do not allow her to put her teeth on you. A gentle push away will be enough. OR, stop grooming her when she puts the teeth on, when she removes her head, groom again.

It IS a bad habit and you don't have to be mean to her to ask her to keep her teeth to herself. You will still be friends.
     

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