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    03-08-2009, 04:55 PM
Green Broke

Ariel is biting at me and she is fine one minute and has my arm the next! Today was my third one! Anyway to stop her biting at me? She also has a problem being caught in the field, we have to not give her food or water out there, because that is the ONLY way to get her in now.(and I don't want any crap about how it is neglecting because ITS NOT)
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    03-08-2009, 05:06 PM
Well I know that you're doing Parelli right now so have you looked at the Level 1 DVDs? Your answer to both of those issues in in there :)
    03-08-2009, 05:55 PM
Biting is serious when it comes to horses because they can do some real damage. I would lightly pinch her every time she tries to bite that way she puts two and two together and realizes that each time she bites she will get a taste of her own medicine. If that does not work, and the biting gets worse, (I know this sounds dumb but it works) I would take a small board and a hot potato and strap it to your arm and when she reaches around and bites you she will get the hot potato instead of your arm. I don't mean scorch her mouth but make the potato warm enough that she wont like it. I bet she wont bite anymore after that!
    03-08-2009, 07:01 PM
Green Broke
Well the Parelli stuff works, but it is kinda hard to use when she is a foot and a half away one second and grabing your arm the next
    03-08-2009, 08:08 PM
Then don't let her get close to you ;) Work on your drive more than your draw. You need to figure out WHY she is biting you. Is it b/c she is telling you she doesn't like something, is it fear, or is it a game? Whichever one it is will dictate what strategy you should use. If she's telling you she doesn't like something, do approach and retreat with a lot of Friendly Game. If it's fear do whatever it takes to gain her confidence. If it's a game then you need to establish yourself as alpha and get her mind busy. Like I said, focus on your drive, especially with Zone 1. If you get her mind busy and keep throwing puzzles at her she won't have time to think about biting, and once you get your relationship established even more she will look at you more and more as being alpha so she won't try to bite anymore. Smacking her, etc. will only ruin any rapport you've been building with her.
    03-08-2009, 10:39 PM
I disagree sort of with what Spirit said, so now you get varied suggestions :)
If she comes at you/bites you/ pop her one. Just a quick smack within a few seconds after she does it. It has to be immediate though (within 3 seconds) or she's not going to make the connection between biting and your punishment. If you can get her on a lead line (Once you catch her from the field) I would make her circle. Like spirit said, get her moving and thinking.
So she bites, you "bite" back, and then move her forward or backward away from you.
That's how I have had the best luck.
    03-10-2009, 01:27 PM
I have a similar issue with my horse. He's not biting skin yet but he's grabbed people's pants and sweaters. I'm not so sure what to do when he's grabbing at the halter when I'm trying to halter him. He hasn't used teeth on me and the people who's clothing he's grabbed wouldn't discipline him for it so he got away with it.
    03-10-2009, 01:54 PM
If a horse grabs the halter when you go to put it on that pretty much tells you a lot about your horse's mind. It's VERY active!! Lol. Instead of fighting it, just say "Let me help you!" and pull the halter up into his mouth so it's snug and a tad uncomfortable. Then when he wants to spit it out you can slip it on.
    03-10-2009, 02:12 PM
Thanks for the tip! I'll try it today!
    03-10-2009, 04:43 PM
I agree 100% with Spastic Dove. This is the method I've always used with horses that bite and it's worked 100% of the time.

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