Originally Posted by Small_Town_Girl
Well I've noticed since I've got my new Stallion
(getting him gelded), he has a few habits/ problems.
For instance, you can't pet him without him
nipping and biting at your clothes. Biting is a
bad habit, and it might just be the clothes, but
I don't want him to take a hunk out of me one day!
Also, he is so big and I'm so short, when I'm
leading him he thinks he can take advantage
of me and try to run over me or go the other way!
He also seems kind of timid and jumpy around
me, It could be because I just got him and he has to get
used to me.
for the biting. Each time he does, give him a smack on the nose and say "no" firmly. Do it each and every time he does it. If he doesn't do it, tell him he's a good boy and give him loves. If you are boarding him elsewhere, tell the barn owner that if he bites her/him give him a smack.
For the bad ground manners, each time he does it, turn him in a sharp circle....back him up....make him stop for 10 seconds. You have to be the alpha horse...if you don't take that status, he will. If he still won't listen, try using a rope halter...my horse Sonny listens 100% better to me if I'm using a rope halter. If that rope halter doesn't work, then use the regular halter, but put a chain though the nose piece. Not leading well, trying to run you over, and just not listening can be really dangerous
When I got my horse, Sonny, he was jumpy and timid around me also. He was also gelded late so he did a "you can't touch me because I'm so hot" type prance, and if I went up to him even to put his hay elsewhere, he'd spook. It took time. After around 1 week (I don't go up to see him everyday, sadly) he got used to me. But it took him a LONG LONG LONG LONG LONG
time to get used to everything else and be back to his good non-spooky self. Also, Sonny still is jumpy to the barn owner...he flintches each time she pets him and bolts if she tries to do anything with him. It's just him :roll: . I'd say just give it a chance. Remember it's a while new place for your boy...it may take a long time for him to adjust depending on him.
But you forgot something :( .....pictures!!!!! :P