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  • Why did horse bite me when I was feeding him a treat

 
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    08-27-2008, 02:01 PM
  #21
Weanling
So glad to hear it is going better! Sonny bit me in the back sunday (fatty pad on my waist pretty nasty bite from big boy=) he was going for my pocket-i think =i forgot a carrot piece-tell ya what==== I HATE hitting animals BUT= I squeeked and his head came up and his eyes got big and he knew it was coming and he took the smack on the nose. I groomed him very lovingly later and did not give him his carrott!!! I bled for 2 days small bleeding but bleeding.
It comes from me hand feeding I know it does-even tho I only give his carrot before I halter him and after he is back in his stall now I think I am creating a monster-so will take all this info from this post to the barn with me and read it every few weeks.love sonny but **** my back hurts!imagine if it had been my fingers
     
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    08-27-2008, 03:52 PM
  #22
Weanling
Yeah going alot better, the only time he bit me was at the old owners home, he left teeth marks in my wrist for a day didnt break the skin, lucky me... but let me tell you it HURT for a long time.I have never stopped hand feeding him, he only gets treats every now and then, he has never tried to bit me after taking a treat.
     
    08-27-2008, 05:02 PM
  #23
Trained
My horse Twister never tried to bite me when I was giving him treats or afterwards...it was those times when he must have thought I should have brought him a treat!

He is just as happy with the treats on the ground or in his feed...I still get to feel warm and fuzzy for giving him something special and he doesn't get to give me the "shakedown" for more.

Some horses...like my Dumas can be hand fed. Dumas has never ever even offered to act like he would bite. Like he knows the evil horse eating monster will get him for the very thought of biting. I didn't train him not to bite, someone did tho! :P
     
    08-27-2008, 06:21 PM
  #24
Foal
Everyone had some great advice. I give them a hard tap with my elbow if Im leading or will give them a punch in their nose.

I've had some very aggressive horses while feeding trying to bite me and I throw the bucket at them, make them run around, then wait until they come to get the feed and stand there the entire time. If they show aggression again, the same thing happens to them. My lot I have now all move away when its time to feed and walk behind me. I can sit there scratching them and talking to them while they eat. Its a favorite time of day for my to bond with the pasture horses.
     

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