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post #1 of 8 Old 08-16-2012, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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Friendly nip or something to be corrected?

Hi guys,
So, my horse that I have had for around three - four months has always given me a little nip on the leg when I put his halter on, not one that hurts by any means! I don't give him treats when he's in the paddock (or when I get him - he is in with 5 other horses, does not really end well ). He has an urge to do this almost, If I don't let him do it in the paddock he will do it when I'm putting the bridle on. Its never amounted to any dangerous behaviour, I think its something he used to do with his old owner. Should I stop this behaviour from progressing? Does anyone have horses who do this too?
I don't mind it, just want an opinion to whether its worth stopping this behaviour although i'm not that bothered by it (His manners are fantastic otherwise)
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-16-2012, 07:10 AM
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This is something that needs to be corrected yesterday. Nipping is a big no no, and can lead to biting.
When he does it, a firm NO! and a slap on the nose should be enough to deter him (you don't have to wack him hard, but a light smack should do the trick. He will probably be surprised at first and jerk his head back, but should quickly learn that nipping is not tolerated.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-16-2012, 07:14 AM
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Nipping is never acceptable. It's like saying theres a friendly buck and a mean buck and one is ok but the other is not. Little things like that can turn into big problems later on or even in. The spur of the moment.
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Thanks guys!
I'm quite strict on manners constantly, as I am well aware that a small thing can turn into something potentially dangerous, and that it is not the horses fault if I have allowed it to think it is acceptable.
I just didn't take a huge amount of notice of this one behaviour. Will be a big no no from now on.
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"friendly" doesnt justify allowing him to nip.
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-16-2012, 06:51 PM
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I concur with everyone else... Friendly nip or mean nip, a nip is a nip and should be dealt with as a nip!

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I ensure that my horses are well aware of my rules from day one - they are not to place their teeth, their hooves or their body on me without my permission. They know the rules, I am safe, everyone is happy.
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Of course it's not the horse's 'fault', it's just... horse. I generally think most 'manners' we teach/accept from our horses are an 'each to his own' type thing, but there are behaviours that I would not advise anyone to accept because of safety. You may not see it as dangerous at this point, but it can progress to dangerous in an instant, especially when it's no great leap from what's already accepted behaviour. Regardless of the reason for it, be it friendly or otherwise, yes, it absolutely needs to be corrected & not accepted.
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