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post #1 of 35 Old 07-07-2009, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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HELP!!! He keeps Biting me

Help!! I have a horse iv had for almost a year and we brought him home and he started biting me. The first timme was really bad because he got me in the throat. It left a ugly mark to. Now he's biting me all the time. Anybody have any advice??
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post #2 of 35 Old 07-07-2009, 09:35 PM
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When he does that make a really loud noise and say "NO", and hit/pinch him. Don't hit him in the face to make him head shy but he needs to know that it's not acceptable. ESP if he's getting you in the throat, you know that could kill you?. Don't let him test you, and don't be afraid to hit hard if needed.
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Iv tried hitting him and it dosen't even phase him. My mom wont even let me out in the pasture without anybody there because she is worried he'll do it again and the next time will kill me.
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a horse I rode bit me many times and we had to eventually had to REALLY get after him. You have to get them Really hard and show them that you mean it. You have to do it immediatly following the bite or else they wont understand why.
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You didn't say if you had any treats or food on you at the time but...don't If a horse bites be sure you never ever give it treats from your hand. I also like to bite back. Grab him by the end of his nose or lip and give it a twist. If you can't get the nose grab him at the base of the neck in front of the shoulder and give the skin there a pinch.
That shoulder/neck area is where his mom would give him a nip if he was acting up so you do the same. He will stop after awhile but until you get his respect be careful. Horse bites can be not only painful but dangerous.
Sounds like he needs some groundwork to get him respecting you.


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I agree with smacking him a good one, and I DO whack em on the nose. None of mine are head shy, and none bite - though they all do as youngsters, and new horses coming in have always tried to push. But, my method goes beyond waiting for him to do it. Be ready. Next time he tries to bite you, smack him a good one on the nose - now here's the important part - BAIT HIM INTO DOING IT AGAIN, and whack him again. I keep this up until they don't take the bait, and I never trust them initially to just know to knock it off. Keep your guard up. That's a horribly dangerous situation, and considering he's bit you in the throat, I wouldn't worry in the least about making him headshy for a little while.
How have you been able to ride him without being able to be alone with him?
What triggers him into the biting? There's often more to it than what you think initially.

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post #7 of 35 Old 07-07-2009, 11:43 PM
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Help!! I have a horse iv had for almost a year and we brought him home and he started biting me. The first timme was really bad because he got me in the throat. It left a ugly mark to. Now he's biting me all the time. Anybody have any advice??
BEAT HIM! Yell, scream, get "big", and whoop his monkey butt until he's backing away from you as fast as he can.

Since he's now learned that he can bite, this will take some time to fix. You need to be SUPER consistent with him. Watch him carefully, but feel confident that you CAN over come this. If you're scared, he will see that as weakness and he will not learn.

As soon as he pins his ears or makes any move like he's going to bite, you need to get big, yell at him in a stern and low voice (QUIT THAT), and back him out of your space. If he opens his mouth like he's going to bite, use whatever is in your hand, do the above, plus smack the cr@p out of him (chest and shoulder is preferable, but any available piece of horse will do, lol). You canNOT tolerate even one little bit of aggressive behavior out of him.

This kind of behavior is one of the only times I will condone and advise "hitting" a horse. You need to "buck up", grow come cajones, be CONFIDENT, and teach him who's boss. If you're not up to the challenge, then you NEED to sell him or give him away before he really hurts you or someone else.

I would also have the vet give him a good once over, checking for pain and running blood for chemical or hormonal imbalances. If he's on any grain, STOP. If he gets Alfalfa hay, switch to grass or timothy hay. High energy feeds or horses that have feed sensitivities can display poor behavior.
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Iv tried hitting him and it dosen't even phase him. My mom wont even let me out in the pasture without anybody there because she is worried he'll do it again and the next time will kill me.
You're not hitting him hard enough. My daughter is very small for her age. She was taught that if a horse ever tried to bit her she was to make a fist and punch him immediately and without hesitation.

Your horse has learned that biting is acceptable behavior.

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I agree with the others,give him a good whack.One of my horses tryed biting me and I smacked him right on his nose, only had to do it a few times before he learned and he never got head shy, now he follows me around everywhere.

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with my pony, a light punishment doesn't do anything. When I mean to hit him, my hand my goes red for sometime afterwards(on the neck, slightly softer on the muzzle). It still isn't enough. I am down to the crop on some days he is that bad. If your horse does get head shy, a few mins after a the hit, I would rub down his face and reasure him that there is nothing to fear. I do that with mine if he jerks his head away to much from my hand, just to be sure. Also as your hitting him, yell " NO!" in your big angry, disapionted voice.

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