Originally Posted by FutureVetGirl
Heh... I have no idea if this actually works, but it sounded cool in "the Black Stallion's Filly".
She was a really bad biter, so he put a hot potato up in his shirt, right where she'd normally bite, so that when she bit down on him, he would make sure she bit the hot potato, burning her mouth some. She hurt herself when she bit down on his "arm", while not being hit at all, decreasing any chance that she'd become head shy.
I have no idea if it would actually work... but it sounded pretty cool and smart in the book...
Sounds good, but one question. How did "He" keep the potato from burning his arm?
So many folks here have said that a horse learns through actions to establish the pecking order and I could not agree more nldiaz66. Not only is biting dangerous, it also shows no respect to you as the alpha which is the role you need to establish with your horse.
A smack to the nose, a pinched nostril, a kick to the hoof. Whatever action you decide works best to deter the dominant display from your horse needs to be instant and consistant. Acompany this action with a loud, abrassive noise like a verbal, rasping "HAAAAAAAA-HA-HA" .You have about two seconds inside of which to react to a horses bad ground behavior. Anything past that and the horse may not know what the action was for. This is not cruelety, this is horse herd behavior. The horse will respect you in the long run as its leader, the alpha.
Each response shoul be metered to the horse bad behavior in speed and force. Never lose your temper.
I had a new to me horse who would bite. When smaked for her efforts she would then pin her ears as she returned to attempt to take a serious bite. This resulted in a thumb and forefinger pinch and twist to her nearest nostril fast and hard enough to cause her to squeal, then turn and leave. Today I can walk into her stall, or up to her in the pasture to rub her muzzle, stroke her forehead, clip her, whatever I need or want to do and she accepts it with a kind calm eye and no bad behavior. She will actually rest her chin on my arm and go to sleep on the ocassion where I simply stand there and stroke her forehead. She has accepted me as her alpha, she respects me and I her. The point here is be consistant. What some folks may view as cruel the, horse will view as normal behavior by which the herd dominance is established and the the Alpha (You)elected.