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post #1 of 18 Old 01-09-2013, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Biting/Nipping

My three year old colt (turning four soon, already gelded) has a biting problem. It is definitely a playful thing, and so far my strategy is to keep him from doing it in the first place and if he does to to smack him with the lead rope (not too hard, don't worry, it just startles him). I am just wondering if there is any way to speed up the process? I want a horse I can turn my back on without being bit.
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-09-2013, 08:39 PM
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My three year old colt (turning four soon, already gelded) has a biting problem. It is definitely a playful thing, and so far my strategy is to keep him from doing it in the first place and if he does to to smack him with the lead rope (not too hard, don't worry, it just startles him). I am just wondering if there is any way to speed up the process? I want a horse I can turn my back on without being bit.
There's already a topic about this open How to stop biting?

You need to smack that colt hard make it hurt make him think you gonna murder him be loud with your voice. Smacking him back lightly is only making it a game for him that is why he is still biting you.
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post #3 of 18 Old 01-09-2013, 09:01 PM
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There's already a topic about this open How to stop biting?

You need to smack that colt hard make it hurt make him think you gonna murder him be loud with your voice. Smacking him back lightly is only making it a game for him that is why he is still biting you.
I agree with Peppy Barrel Racing100000%. Thats what we do to our colt when he snips.
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post #4 of 18 Old 01-09-2013, 09:11 PM
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It is typical boy's game, but...you're not another colt, you're the lead mare. Act like it! First, NO handfeeding or playing with his mouth. If he just as much as THINKS about nipping, go after him, chase him away, make yourself tall, growl, do whatever it takes to send him in retreat. Be consistent. He will understand quite fast if you mean business.
I never had to do that to 3 year olds. My colts, within their first week, would get slapped on the side of the neck for it and none of them has ever thought about trying ever.
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post #5 of 18 Old 01-09-2013, 09:19 PM
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My three year old colt (turning four soon, already gelded) has a biting problem. It is definitely a playful thing, and so far my strategy is to keep him from doing it in the first place and if he does to to smack him with the lead rope (not too hard, don't worry, it just startles him). I am just wondering if there is any way to speed up the process? I want a horse I can turn my back on without being bit.
There is the problem - it SHOULD be hard, it SHOULD hurt and it SHOULD do more than "just startle" him.
As deserthorsewoman said, you are the *lead mare* and if this colt were to nip/bite the lead mare, playfully or otherwise, she would deal out swift and firm discipline that would make him not want to ever do it again. Right now your response is nothing more than pecking/nagging at him and making a games of it - you are, in essence, nipping him back....which just serves to continue the game and gives him the impression that you are playing along and okay with the behavior.
Biting you (or any human) needs to become the BIGGEST mistake he ever makes and one that he NEVER wants to make again.

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post #6 of 18 Old 01-09-2013, 09:20 PM
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My gelding was a 2yo stud colt when I got him and he was a biter. I took the "give him a little smack when he's mouthy" route with him. Walking down the road one day, I suddenly had a 15hh, 1200lbs colt attached to my forearm by his teeth. I reacted purely out of instinct, which meant my left fist connected with his jaw...hard. May sound extreme, but he has NEVER bitten me again in the almost two years I've owned him.
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Alright, I will do that. Thank you guys ^-^
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This past Feb. i got a mare from a lady up north. And that lady let this mare do whatever she wanted cause she was scared of her. My mare ( Sey Spoof Proof aka Spoofers) thought she was going to scare me too, well it takes alot to scare me. And the first 3 times i saddled her up and tightened the girth she would get this really ill look on her face. So i was on the look out. Sure enough the 4th time i rode her i went to tighten the girth and she swung around Ears pinned teeth coming straight for me, but i was ready for her. I gave her a right hook to the nose and she about fell down! lol. She had been taught (not on purpose) that if she acted aggresively then people would leave her alone. I want you to know after i did that she was the sweetest mare i have ever had. My 4 year old nephew rides her all over the place! You just have to make it hurt, let them know it is not a game and you are the Queen B out there. I don't like hitting my horses, but when it comes to their behaviour if that's what it takes then that's what i will do. Good luck!
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^^^ that is what my horse does!! I will be sure to hit him harder the next time. My daughter tells me I am making him headshy by hitting him when he bites. Could this be true?
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Try not to go for the face if you can help it I go for the neck shoulders and hind quarters depending on the situation
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