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  • My mare keeps biting me when I leed her
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    11-14-2010, 12:52 AM
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Foal
Biting?

In a good way...if there is one.

Not quite sure where to put this, but I have another question for everyone.
So one of my good horsey friends took me out to see her horse, and quite frankly I love that horse, she's a little pushy but after you get her to understand it won't be tolerated she acts well. She's very green still so her owner lets her get away with a lot using her being green as an excuse. Back to my question, so the other day we went out and while I was petting on the horse she decided my knee looked tasty, she then proceeded to lick my jeans and basically shove her entire mouth over my knee. She never put pressure down, and didn't appear to be biting. Has anyone had a horse do this to them before? I gave her a light tap on the nose and she moved off, but then she wanted to eat my pony tail

So do you think she might have been grooming me, or just found my jeans yummy? I've never seen this behavior before.
     
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    11-14-2010, 01:23 AM
  #2
Started
I'm not inclined to say that it was "grooming" or any particular show of affection, but nor can I explain why she did it without having seen her. The point is, I wouldn't let her do it again... she may not have put any pressure on this time, but next time she might and it HURTS when they do.
     
    11-14-2010, 01:26 AM
  #3
Foal
Its not uncommon for young horses to do things like this. It is not a good idea to let them continue it though. While she's not hurting now she will continue to push the boundaries and one day will grab hold. A quick firm reprimand now will save you a lot of trouble later.
     
    11-14-2010, 01:42 AM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by Eolith    
I'm not inclined to say that it was "grooming" or any particular show of affection, but nor can I explain why she did it without having seen her. The point is, I wouldn't let her do it again... she may not have put any pressure on this time, but next time she might and it HURTS when they do.
At first I honestly thought she was going to chomp down, I had thought I was going to have to give her a stern whack, but she was surprisingly gentle. Even her owner said she had never seen her do anything like that before. (And believe me I've watched this mare try and bite someone, she doesn't play when she does. Ears go back and she gets far more pushy.) Her ears were forward, and she wasn't snapping.

I'm not foolish enough to say it was a "love" nibble, I'm more inclined to say she smelled something on my leg she wanted to investigate. Problem is I had just put on those jeans, (unless my closet is a "good" smell there wouldn't be much to attract her.)
My "tap" on her was literately just touching her nose with two fingers, no persuasion needed. If it was intended as a bite I doubt that would have stopped her.

Over all I'm just bored right now and curious as to if this is common or just one of those horses are weird moments.


Another thing to add... I would much rather be bitten by this mare than stepped on, the first day I met her she managed to put half her weight on top of my foot. I am very glad that I know how to move a horse without jerking my foot or making the horse lean into me....thankfully my foot was uninjured. Cause that HURT.
     
    11-14-2010, 01:44 AM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Gluey33    
Its not uncommon for young horses to do things like this. It is not a good idea to let them continue it though. While she's not hurting now she will continue to push the boundaries and one day will grab hold. A quick firm reprimand now will save you a lot of trouble later.
That makes sense, however what is your definition of young? While green this mare is about to turn 6. She's not old by any means, but not a baby.
     
    11-14-2010, 06:07 AM
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Green Broke
Some horses are just 'mouthy' and like touch, carry, and play with everything...and I've seen it much more in mares than geldings. Our mare, Lady (8 yrs old), is like that. She is extremely curious (and mischievious) and will pick up anything... my tools, the hat off your head, a hoof pick in my back pocket, the water hose, etc. I know they say horses don't see colors (perhaps it is the shade they see), but she is partial to pinks and yellows. She also unties lead ropes, opens gates, and turns on water faucets. You get the idea...she is a 'character', and is never nippy or aggressive when she does this.

How you handle this is totally up to what you want to allow. Most people feel it's best to be consistant and not allow it using a tap on the nose like you did. In my case, having handled this mare everyday for 5+ years, I don't mind playing with her (except when I really need those pliers she's carrying away). Trust me, though, if I ever felt any teeth or she had her ears back, she'd get a quick bop on the nose and get run off in an instant.
     
    11-14-2010, 06:09 AM
  #7
Green Broke
I'm sure she smelled something on you. The other thing is horses don't have fingers and if something interests them they use their mouth to investigate. My filly does this every now and then but when she does I let her make the mistake of putting her mouth to close. If that happens she'll find herself running into my elbow or foot or whatever appendage she gets too close to.
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