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post #1 of 26 Old 02-12-2010, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Biting. HELP!

i have a lesson horse who i ride and he is an obsessed with biting. you go to take his blanket off and he attacks you. he will bite you until you get to the point that you have to hit him (which i am so against) he almost bit my friends finger off. i have been trying so hard to make him stop any suggestions?

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post #2 of 26 Old 02-12-2010, 10:11 PM
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what methods (if any) do you use currently?
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Tell your instructor that the horse ate your checkbook and your not going to get another one untill he quits biting. If he is not your horse then you shouldn't be correcting him the owner should. If that isn't going to happen then tie him short enough he can't get to you and stay away from his head. If he tries to bite you, hit him in the mouth, if he does it again hit him harder. You can be against it all you want but I presonally am against having my body damaged by a horse.

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post #4 of 26 Old 02-12-2010, 11:10 PM
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^ I agree 100%. You should talk to his owner, and otherwise not put up with it.
He tries to bite you? "Bite" him back.

I give myself very good advice, But I very seldom follow it
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post #5 of 26 Old 02-12-2010, 11:40 PM
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When a boarder's horse started biting, she'd hold a thumbtack and prick him in the lip mid-swipe. It didn't hurt any more than a fly bite, and he didn't bite again.
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post #6 of 26 Old 02-13-2010, 12:46 AM
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I know it may seem harsh to smack a horse, but when he is trying to inflict pain on you on purpose, you have to do something about it. Give him a smack, or if you choose to ignore it when he bites you, he probably will carry on doing it.

But you must also look at the reasons he is biting you. Is he scared, or is he just being cheeky? If he is scared, or if he started doing it because he was being hurt in any way, then smacking or disciplining him would make matters worse.

If that is the case, you have to go way back and find out what is scaring him, and see if you can try and do something about it, maybe get someone who can help you.

I know of two real life examples of a cheeky horse and a scared horse.

One of the cheeky horse was called Sweet Prince. He just started biting out of fun. His owners never actually did anything about his biting...and it just got worse. I don't know what happened to him after he moved from the barn where I'm boarding though.

One of the scared horse is Prins. When he used to stay in a field (before I knew him), these people used to come and harrass him, by throwing things at him and scaring him. He eventually started biting to protect himself because he was scared of getting hurt. He was later bought by a guy who worked with him and gained him trust, now Prins never bites the guy anymore, but is still wary of other people who come near him.

I hope this helps, and good luck.

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thanks for giving me suggestions everyone

i lease him and every time i take off his blanket he turns around and bites me. i have hit him, i have cross tied him and carried a riding crop while just walking him. i am really gentle when i do everything with him from putting a saddle on to taking his blanket off.

what about the method of just ignoring it? i heard that works.
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post #8 of 26 Old 02-13-2010, 08:43 AM
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sounds like my horse when i bought him.

if he lunged and tried to bite me, id wack him in the mouth with whatever was in my hand, a brush, a waterbottle, or even just my hand.
sounds mean, but biting is unacceptable, and i personally wont take it. cutter hasnt bit me in about 7 months now
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post #9 of 26 Old 02-13-2010, 08:50 AM
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thanks for giving me suggestions everyone

i lease him and every time i take off his blanket he turns around and bites me. i have hit him, i have cross tied him and carried a riding crop while just walking him. i am really gentle when i do everything with him from putting a saddle on to taking his blanket off.

what about the method of just ignoring it? i heard that works.
Whatever you do you need to be consistent and protect yourself. If you decide to hit him you need to do it every time and never ignore it and if you ignore it you can't ever hit him.

There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill
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post #10 of 26 Old 02-13-2010, 08:53 AM
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Good advise from Kevin. Ignoring him is absolutely not an option. Any idea how old this horse is, how long has be been doing it, and is it just with his blanket?

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

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