How can I stop my horse from trying to bite people, almost everytime we walk out to the pasture he gets a additude and holds his ears back and tries to nip.I have only had him for a week, I know where he came from the other horse( not him) use to always bite the other horses.I have tried smacking him on his nose and he seems to get the message, but I don't like hitting him.Someone told me to get a whip, what do ya'll think.
You have to hit him--slap his muzzle with hand or crop. You say you don't like to hit him--but horses show their displeasure and dominance with their teeth. Smacking him a couple of times won't mean that you must be smacking him all the time forever. Show him that you are boss--that ALL people are boss--and, and he will stop biting, and the smacking will stop. A physical assault from a horse requires a physical response from you--reasoned, in proportion, without losing your temper...but a physical response. He's big, he outweighs you--you need to get his attention.
I hate hitting too-it just feels wrong-but I agree with above he is bigger and could injure you easily. Ground work and lots of it and NO hand feeding ever with a bitter. Someone on another post talked about the correct hand position to smack him after a nip so he doesnt get head shy or hand shy-??maybe they will respond
I would not use a whip-as with dogs the response from you must be immediate.
If you hit him slowly he ll become smarter and faster so it s not a good idea. When he tries to bite you, you can kick him over the hoof which is very sensitive and also a blind spot or you can pick up your elbow so he will hit on it by himself. With these actions he will think "ohhh, when I try to bite I hurt and I don t know from where."
These methods may sound silly. My mare bites and one day she cut me off a piece of muscule from my arm. Luckily, she didn t cut the skin. After that, I searched a lot and found this methods and some more(I don t remember them) and believe me they have helped me a lot....
You can also give the horse an elbow instead of smacking him with your hand if you're in the right position. I think I agree about the whip--he might start biting only when he doesn't see the whip. When you give him an elbow of smack him--get mad, shout "no" like you mean it in a loud voice, give him idea that he's crossed the line and made you angry. Think of the lead horse out in the field who pins back his ears and looks nasty and snakes his head around to get the point across--you need to do the equivalent with your body language. Once you establish dominance, the need for the displays will cease.
Another thing you can do is make a show of hitting him. Come at him like you're going to take his head off. You don't have to hit him that hard, and you may not even have to hit him...the action is often enough to get the message across. If he pulls up at the action, he knows he's done wrong and knows what's coming if he does it again.
Also remember to come down off the anger immediately. When he responds correctly (Crap, I've done something wrong), pet him with the same hand you threatened him with. It helps him understand that the act wasn't random, there was an action that lead directly to it, and also prevents him from becoming headshy from that hand.
Thanks everyone for the advice. I do smack him as soon as he tries to nip and I yell "NO'' , I think he gets the message.Yesterday after I smacked him on the nose he turned away from me,but didnt give me his hindquarters, I was more like facing his side.If it ever stops raining here in Fla. I will be able to do ground work, I think I'm going to have someone come help me,since I don't know exactly what I'm doing.( I am new at this) does anybody know someone down here in Fla. That can help me out ?