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    01-30-2008, 09:57 PM

Okay in the last couple of months my 2yr old has started to nip at me.he was doing this right before I got him gelded but seemed to stop short after I had that done now he has started again!when i'm working with him like flexing his neck he reaches back and nips at me and i'll be walking him and he reaches up and trys then too!it's hard for me to correct him for this becuase he will swing his head in the air before I get the chance just like he knows he is not suppose to this but just can't help himself can anyone give me some advice on what to do please!
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    01-30-2008, 10:08 PM
Chained leads, because even if he moves his head you can still punish him. I also hit my horses right in the chompers.
    01-30-2008, 10:08 PM
I would give him a good firm smack on the neck and a very strong 'NO'. He's testing you, and he should not be allowed to bite.
    01-30-2008, 10:19 PM
I don't really want to have to use a chain on him i'm using the clinton anderson rope halter so i'm kinda trying to not to have to use any vices in him but I have whack him with the lead rope a few times because he uaslly backs away before I get the chance to smack him him the mouth with my hand like I said before he knows before he does it that it is wrong
    01-30-2008, 10:26 PM
Green Broke
We had stallions in the barn that did that. We turned it into a game. Every know and then we'd randomly walk down the aisle for no reason at all but to see if he'd try to bite us. Once we saw that he was thinking about it we would stop and give him the impression of "i'm here wanna bite me I dare ya" and then if they tried it snap them right on the nose, not hard enough to really hurt them, but quickly and firmly enough to catch him by surprise and make him realize he did something wrong. We did that for a while and worked on respect on the ground and eventually it just disappeared
    01-30-2008, 10:30 PM
It's alright to give him the occasional slap on the mouth, but be careful not to make him headshy. The best thing to do is give him a knee in the stomach, enough to get his attention but not enough to really hurt him. If he was in a herd and bit somebody above him in the pecking order, he would get kicked. It will only take a few kicks and he'll get the idea, that has always worked for me.
    01-30-2008, 10:40 PM
Green Broke
Sorry, I thought we were talking about when you walked by his stall. Wow, I need to slow down. Yeah, I agree with quixotesox completely.
    01-30-2008, 10:46 PM
Thanks for all the advice. I'm just afraid he is always going to be like this but I won't stop trying to correcting him for this bad behavior.i have high hopes for him! I watch all of these clinton anderson,pat parille and other shows and want him to be the pefect horse and when I think i'm getting somewhere with him he finds a new bad habit for me to try to correct sorry i'm going on just a little frustrated with him after today!!
    01-30-2008, 10:53 PM
Green Broke
I can relate. Except I'm not as blessed to own all those shows. I just have to catch them when they air on RFDTV. I'm pretty sure I've seen Clinton Anderson's Problem Solving special ten times though. Actually, I'm not even blessed enough to have my own horse, but maybe someday. Hope it works out for you!!
    01-30-2008, 10:58 PM
I don't have all of them either I catch them onRFDTV too!

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