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post #1 of 14 Old 11-18-2012, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Biting little kids

my almost two year old likes to go up to little kids and try to nip(hasnt succeded yet) them esspecially if they start moving away from him. its like he views anyone smaller/shorter than him 'below himself'. he does not try to nip anyone who is about as tall as he is. He isnt around little kids alot. I have a couple of little brothers and i dont want them getting hurt. What should i do?
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-18-2012, 07:01 PM
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Put a grazing muzzle on him when around kids. If he hasn't been gelded this is a stallion trait that will worsen. Why he does it doesn't matter, just that he does it.
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Put a grazing muzzle on him when around kids. If he hasn't been gelded this is a stallion trait that will worsen. Why he does it doesn't matter, just that he does it.
Oh he has been gelded in summer. I would not keep a stallion as a 'pet' horse.
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-18-2012, 07:08 PM
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Cant blame him; I'd bite little kids too, annoying little creatures. But joking aside, if you are worried about your horse hurting your little brothers, you should be, adults are killed all the time on horses. Don't let them anywhere near your horse. Horses are not toys, nor are they cute cuddly little pets. I have seen a few people let their kids get hurt by horses that they underestimated. Keep them separated.
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-18-2012, 07:24 PM
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has he somehow learned that "small humans" give treats?

I'm sure you can teach your brothers how to handle this - will be good for the horse to learn to respect all sizes of humanoids. Also a good lesson for your brothers to learn how to handle a horse. Teach them to tap the horse gently on the nose as he comes toward them. It will get the horses attention without being rough.
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-18-2012, 07:25 PM
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Why is he allowed to have access to small children (or they to him) while showing this sort of behavior?
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post #7 of 14 Old 11-18-2012, 07:35 PM
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My students (small people) like to give their lesson horses treats, even the nippy ones - what I do is have a 'treat bowl' for them to hold and feed the horses. The horses come to love seeing the treat bowl and don't get nippy at the people expecting food without a bowl.

If it's not an issue over him thinking they have food could it be fear? I find even non-aggressive horses are more likely to bite someone who's afraid. Not for dominance or being mean, but because someone who's afraid is dangerous. You'll notice the same situation with horses in a herd, if one starts acting like a nervous ninny none of the other horses will want to be around them and will nip and push them away.
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-18-2012, 07:50 PM
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Keeps kids away from him? I don't dont blame him. I don't want 'em around me either
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-19-2012, 01:26 AM
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He may also not respect you enough, but you aren't picking up on it, as most of the time I see a horse do this type of thing that doesn't have much respect for humans.

And are these kids teasing horse possibly?

Keep them away, and also they need to be taught different if they are doing anything.

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First of all -- horses make terrible 'pets'. Teach your little brothers that horses are not pets -- they are livestock.

Then, teach this horse respect and good manners. I have seldom seen a horse single out any one or any kind of person to disrespect if the horse has good manners and respect for some of their handlers.

Children should not interact with any horse unless the horse is well mannered and under the control of an adult. Then, the adult can scold the horse for even a 'cross look' aimed at any person, horse, dog or ????

I never let children go out in a pasture or paddock where there are loose horses. It is just too easy for a child to get kicked or run over as loose horse move around and interact with each other. Obviously, children are not good at 'reading' horses or their intentions. It is just too easy for one to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Also remember, if a person runs or walks away from a horse that has threatened them or scared them, they are 'teaching' that horse to be aggressive. Never let them be in that position. They are not old enough or skilled enough to 'hold their ground' and make the horse move, so never put them in that position unless you want a mean horse.

A few times I have seen horses single out small kids when small kids have thrown things at them or harassed them. I have seen a couple of horses lay ears back and run at children only to find out that children had poked them through a fence with sticks or thrown things at them. So, make sure the children have been taught to never tease a horse (or dog or any animal).

If your little brothers want to learn how to handle horses, teach them the correct way to lead and brush a horse. My little granddaughters (3 and 4 1/2) have been helping me lead the trail horses out to pasture or to the tack room since they were 2. They think it is a really big deal to help Grandma bring in horses.

If you have a young horse, you have an obligation to get serious about teaching it correctly from the beginning. Otherwise, you will create a monster that ends up being dumped at some sale or abandoned out in some back pasture.

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