Originally Posted by usandpets
Our almost 5 year old mare gets irritated enough that she wants to bite if you hold your hand on her chest between her front legs. She has been this way from the beginning of desensitizing her when she was a weanling. I can touch her there with a cue stick and even brush her there. However, if I was to just hold my hand there she pins her ears and has tried many times to bite. She knows better than to bite me, but will bite anything else she can. I have only removed my hand the few times that she actually had tried to bite me in the beginning. Otherwise, I hold it there until she calms down and stands still. I know it's not a pain issue because I'm not putting pressure on her and I can put pressure there using a cue stick or brushing her. My wife thinks it's a game for our mare. I think she just doesn't like being touched there with a hand. I've used gloves and still same response. What baffles me is that I can touch her there with anything besides my hand and she is fine. Any opinions?
Personal space. In order to hold your hand between her chest (and why you need to hold it there?), you are very much on top of her. Some horses are like people and have a personal space bubble. Sounds you are invading hers - and annoying the crap out of her.
I'd say it's more of a game for you to see if you can get her to try and bite.