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    02-13-2010, 01:41 PM
When I'm around a horse I even suspect of being a biter, because I'm a sissy, I wrap the end of a rope around his muzzle. I'll even carry a extra rope, not real thick, if I think of it ahead of time. I don't hit, because it can start a fight I KNOW I can't win.
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    02-13-2010, 02:45 PM
I have known him for 7 years and he bites just if you walk near him
    02-13-2010, 03:01 PM
Thats is a respect issue then. He's saying "you are not allowed in my space, don't come near me". Sometimes my TB does this. Usually a nice long session in the round pen with lots of changing directions and changing gaits works well to cure it.

However, I do agree that if he does actually get you, even if its just grazing teeth, wallop him on the muzzle. You have to do it within the first three seconds after you've been bitten, or it doesn't count. Horses don't think like people, he won't understand you ignoring him since this is not attention seeking behavior, he'll just take it as a sign that he can get away with it.
    02-13-2010, 03:15 PM
Green Broke
My horse bites and I blow a rasberry every time he does or any time he goes to bite me, it works :)
    02-13-2010, 04:25 PM
When my filly went through the biting stage my instructor told me to "flick" her on the nose. That way she wont get head shy but wont bite anymore....
    02-13-2010, 05:15 PM
I wish my horse would quit biting if I blew a rasberry at him
    02-13-2010, 06:29 PM
Originally Posted by Pro    
When my filly went through the biting stage my instructor told me to "flick" her on the nose. That way she wont get head shy but wont bite anymore....
This works on some horses, but I know mine, who's pretty hard set on getting you away from him, would probably just bite my fingers, or it would make him madder.
    02-13-2010, 06:34 PM
Oh! I'm glad my filly wasn't that bad. That would be scary having a horse want to bite me that much!! Lol
    02-13-2010, 09:24 PM
Originally Posted by Fourpaws    
i have known him for 7 years and he bites just if you walk near him
7 years? 7 years? and he's still doing it? What the heck? JustSam is right -- it's a respect issue if he's doing it just when someone walks by. The horse needs some serious mediation work. Yes, indeed, smack him in the mouth when he bites and when he tries to bite. When he gets his muzzle anywhere near you, push him away even if he is not biting. You and all others around him must NEVER let him move his muzzle to you. Only you can move to him. But that might take a while.

One of my horses was pretty domineering about her space when she came here. She was a wannabe biter. She was just at the point of trying it out (actually did get my clothes a couple of times), so I made sure to stop her whole attitude right quickly: Anytime I was in the field, she wasn't allowed to come into my space. My space is now defined by the length of my arms, it used to be the length of my arms plus a crop. If she came into my space without my invitation she was sent away. EVERY TIME and with WHATEVER IT TOOK. When I was grooming her or doing her feet, if her head came my way at all, I'd elbow her or push her or bump her. If she actually tried to bite, she got smacked on her mouth and I'd be right in her face physically and verbally. When I was ready, then I would move into her space and be all nice to her. Currently, she is a big suck and loves to have her head rubbed. Your horse will not become head shy if you enforce the difference between him moving into your space and you moving into his.
    02-13-2010, 10:45 PM
This article by Larry Trocha might be helpful..... Horse Training Tips – Respect

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