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post #1 of 19 Old 05-27-2009, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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what do i do when my horse is biting when i titten the girth

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post #2 of 19 Old 05-27-2009, 08:11 AM
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be ready for it, give him a tap on the nose as he swings his head around. You could be tightening the girth too much as well. He needs room to breathe, too so be sure youre not cutting him in half when you tighten it up.

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post #3 of 19 Old 05-27-2009, 01:42 PM
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Also check your saddle fit, your horse may be trying to tell you something.
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Have you been tightening the girth too much initially rather than gradually? Some horses need to be tightened up a little at a time. Also, check the saddle fit, it may be putting pressure across the top of his back.

The biting is just saying, hey you're hurting me or irritating me. Find out what's making him do it and you might be able to get it to stop. I know if I cinch up to tight (I'm in a hurry and forget) my boy will swing his head around and bump me with his nose as a reminder.
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I don't know about america but in the UK we are told to put the bridle on first. If the horse swings round to bite it would be easy to hold the offside rein to stop this.

I would also agree with the above two comments that the horse may be girth shy or in pain.
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post #6 of 19 Old 05-27-2009, 02:18 PM
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That's interesting. I'd still be good to find out why the horse is trying to bite and get that worked out. If there is a problem then you can try to fix it rather than the horse continuing on to misbehave and the behavior escalating.
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I agree with the above, take a good look and try to find the reason. If and when you've ruled out a pain or tack issue, have your elbow ready.

When you tack up keep your left elbow up and ready for him to "run" into it if he turns to bite. It usually only takes a couple of times before they figure it out.
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post #8 of 19 Old 12-09-2009, 03:11 PM
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i'd also say give him a tap/small whack on the nose so he decides to not like biting. show him who's boss, but no too harshly.


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post #9 of 19 Old 12-09-2009, 03:24 PM
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Put the saddle on and loosely bring the cinch up to the point that comfort seem to change.
Take a couple of steps forward and hold on to the saddle as you do that.
Bring the cinch up a little more,take few steps forward.
Get the cinch as tight as you can without ANY discomfort to the horse and start to walk the horse.
Return to tighten in very slow steps and keep the horse calm and relaxed.
Don't hit the horse,Comfort the hose and help them with their fear.

This behavior usually comes from poorly fitting saddles and cinching too fast.
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post #10 of 19 Old 12-09-2009, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by G and K's Mom View Post
When you tack up keep your left elbow up and ready for him to "run" into it if he turns to bite. It usually only takes a couple of times before they figure it out.

I like this^^ My father in law has a bad habit of overtightening his cinch and his horse is now quite bad to try and nip when you cinch him. I think I have my FIL educated about how to tighten the cinch but it's become a habit with the horse and will take some time to cure.

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