Originally Posted by smokeslastspot
I use mainly CA methods but also a bit of all the method's I've seen except Parelli. We call the it the parrelliite cult around here. I didn't used to give much thought to him at all until I saw an owner giving their horse treats when they tried to bite while being cinched up. When I told her that wasn't a good idea she started going on and on about how HE said that was what you should do and how dare I contradict him. That was not the only stupid thing I've seen out of that program.
Mostly I just try to always use common sense when I'm around horses. That seems to be in short supply these days unfortunately.
I just wanted to comment on this method. I know that it sounds insane to treat a horse that is trying to bite you, but this actually worked with one of my mares. When I bought her, she had the bad habit of biting and kicking any time you put your hand under her belly or chest and I spent two years smacking her and yelling "NO!" only to have her get more aggressive with me. After hearing the treat suggestion, I thought it was nuts, but also thought I didn't have anything to lose because this nasty old mare couldn't possibly get any worse in her behaviour. In about a week of treats her attitude changed completely and she never really had a problem with me touching her underside again.
The psychology of the method is that the bite is just feed back on something you are doing. The horse is thinking "I hate it when you do that!" So when you reprimand them they still keep a negative attitude about what you are doing, but by treating them it changes something they feel is negative into something positive for them.
I'm not saying this will work on every horse in every situation or that it would always be my first course of action, but it isn't quite as stupid as it seems on first glance.