06-10-2013, 01:26 PM
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Hm, you know, I'm not huge on smacking horses unless they REALLY need it, but I'm also not big on head scratching. I figure, I am not a tree!!
In my experience, I had a feral shetland mare that I was taming down. In that process, she decided that she HATED me touching her chest, especially with a brush! She'd try to *bite* me!!!! Actually did a time or two. Now, yelling or smacking don't work with her, since she already had a huge wariness/distrust/fear of humans.
That being said, one day I was grooming her chest with a Furminator. If you aren't familiar, it's essentially an electric shaver blade mounted on a brush. Anyway she dipped her head down to bite and caught the metal blade on her mouth/teeth. Her head went back REALLY FAST! She has not tried to bite me since!
Long story short, the lessons they teach themselves seem to stick pretty well with no "reminders". I wouldn't use a nail, but maybe if you find another way to make it REALLY REALLY uncomfortable to scratch on you, he won't dare do it again.