So, my 3 year old gelding, Donovan, is a biter. And it’s super annoying, because I’d love to walk him around the farm and stuff (spookyness is NOT a problem with him), but it’s so difficult because when he gets bored or just feels bossy, he’ll reach over and bite you (and there’s nothing you can do to stop it unless you’re waiting for it). I really
want to stop the habit. It’s like, he doesn’t even think about it. He just does it because it’s what he’s done all his life. He bites people, other horses, and all objects. So it’s going to be a really
tough habit to break, only being able to work on one tiny
aspect of the habit during a minuscule
portion of his day.
Please give me your advice! Yes, I do groundwork with him. He does everything I ask of him perfectly. But he usually does it while trying to nip at me. I’ve tried backing him up extensively after he tries to bite, but he’ll just try to bite while I’m backing him up or after I stop. Which brings me to another point.. I can't explain
to you how smart this horse is! He is incredibly, INCREDIBLY smart. And he knows it, too. He gets bored easily, and makes frequent attempts at outsmarting both people and horses.
Google’s not helping me so I’d like to hear your suggestions! :/ I REALLY need to correct this habit while he's still young!!