Originally Posted by trailhorserider
I do not think hand feeding causes biting! I've been doing it for years and my horses are very polite.
My friends and I all hand feed treats. I would be kind of a sad situation if we had to treat our horses with such kid gloves that we couldn't do that.
I agree with erikalynn and the above poster!!
We hand feed both our horses. Epona the draft we've been hand feeding for 2 yrs. She NEVER bites, not ever. Not in two years.
Our OTTB had a horrible biting problem when he came to us. We worked on our "no bite campaign" and continued to feed him treats. He is now about 95% bite free..... once in a while he will forget and nip us.....but NEVER EVEr WHEN WE HAND feed him. The nips usually come out of the blue, when we are doing something else and not paying attention.
Our no bite campaing is fairly simple. When he nips, we yell "NO" really lound and clap our hands loudly in his face. He really hates us clapping our hands in his face, and avoids what he knows causes us to do this....most of the time. We do not hit him as we feel that is just going to make him head shy....like he used to be. We worked hard on that and he is now not one bit head shy, and we don't want to undo all our work.
So...when he does something to make us uncomfortable, I.e. Biting....we do something to make him uncomfortable, I.e. Loud shouts and hand clapping.