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    02-10-2013, 01:12 PM
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Foal
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Chief has always had a thing for biting, but normally it was only when I had treats or he smelt them on me. & even then, it wasn't a bite, it was a "lipping" nip. Now he's gotten to where he grabs my jacket, nips at my hair, ect ect. He hasn't bit me, but he's bit things on me. It's beginning to get super annoying. I swat him each time, then pet him. I had to do that I don't know how many times today. I don't know if his behavior is getting worse since I have gotten the new stallion I have, or if he's just being his playful character. Either way, I need some tips to get him to stop. I've never had any other horse that liked to nibble & nip like him, so any help is greatly appreciated. :)
     
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    02-10-2013, 01:34 PM
  #2
Trained
Don't swat. That's like a fly bite to him. And certainly don't pet him after. That's rewarding him.

If you're going to correct him by a smack, it needs to be firm and assertive enough that he associates the discipline with the action. My gelding was a biter when I got him. That is one behavior I absolutely will not tolerate, no matter how "mild" it is. I smacked him every time he even lipped me. One day while walking him down the road, he suddenly bit my forearm out of nowhere. Not just a nip, he bit and didn't let go. Out of pure reaction, my left fist connected with his jaw...hard. He immediately let go and hasn't bitten me since.

Unfortunately, because it sounds like you've let this behavior go on for a while, it may be harder to break him of it.
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    02-10-2013, 01:47 PM
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Green Broke
Just like in the herd you need to run him off and let him be 'accepted' back. Don't worry, he will come back.
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    02-10-2013, 02:05 PM
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Foal
It's not a everyday thing, though. It's like a month or so he won't try anything, then all of a sudden he just wants to. I smack him & push his head away, but someone on here once told me to rub the spot where I smacked him so he won't get scared or head shy.
     
    02-10-2013, 02:11 PM
  #5
Trained
*shrug* My gelding was a slow learner before that one incident and got smacked quite a bit. He's not headshy at all.

Another option is to make him move his feet when he bites. Back him, lunge him in tight circles, whatever. Make biting you turn into work.
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    02-10-2013, 02:12 PM
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Weanling
Well, that was horrible advice. Stop feeding the horse treats and dear lord, don't pet him after he tries to bite you.
     
    02-10-2013, 02:18 PM
  #7
Weanling
My youngster went through a nip phase and I would give him a pretty severe lip twist and I would yell. He would do it when I was leading him so I would make times and set up the situation so he would try to nip me and I was prepared to react instantly and forcefully. I would put my hand closer to his mouth and just wait and watch. A few probably 4 lip twists with increasing force did the trick. I still test him once in awhile with my hand close to his mouth while leading, and I can see the gears just a working in his brain, and I can see his eyes just thinking about it, and he chews, but he won't do it anymore. You need to be much more forceful than slapping and petting, as with that type of reinforcement he is going to become more forceful with his mouth with you and others and that can be dangerous. I would recommend someone helping you with this, but at the same time he needs to respect you.
     
    02-10-2013, 02:18 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by GoAppendix    
Well, that was horrible advice. Stop feeding the horse treats and dear lord, don't pet him after he tries to bite you.
There was actually about three of four tell me to make sure to rub him after slapping him so he wouldn't be skittish. Today he ticked me off enough I just shoved him away after slapping him about seven times. I don't feed him treats, but my gloves smell like treats. I first thought it was the smell of treats that triggered him to bite, but he's just an annoying biter now.
     
    02-10-2013, 02:20 PM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by Mochachino    
My youngster went through a nip phase and I would give him a pretty severe lip twist and I would yell. He would do it when I was leading him so I would make times and set up the situation so he would try to nip me and I was prepared to react instantly and forcefully. I would put my hand closer to his mouth and just wait and watch. A few probably 4 lip twists with increasing force did the trick. I still test him once in awhile with my hand close to his mouth while leading, and I can see the gears just a working in his brain, and I can see his eyes just thinking about it, and he chews, but he won't do it anymore. You need to be much more forceful than slapping and petting, as with that type of reinforcement he is going to become more forceful with his mouth with you and others and that can be dangerous. I would recommend someone helping you with this, but at the same time he needs to respect you.
He doesn't do it when he's tied or I'm leading him, but if I'm working with another horse or have my back turned, he'll bite at the back of my jacket & tug, then he'll start biting at other area's until I run him off.
     
    02-10-2013, 02:23 PM
  #10
Yearling
When he is lippy, grab a large nail you have placed in the right spot for this very purpose. Hold it in your hand and when he nips again, let him run into the nail good and hard.
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