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post #1 of 21 Old 02-20-2013, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Horse That bites!!

When ever I cinch up the saddle she turns around and tries to bite! When we first got her she laid open someones jaw... She is a little better now...

Horses are scared of 2 things:
1. Things that move
2. Things that don't
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post #2 of 21 Old 02-20-2013, 10:14 AM
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Sounds like she's girthy and you need to take things slow and easy with her.

I hope whoever 'someone' was, it was a family member and not a friend. Otherwise, you're darned lucky they didn't sue you for medical expenses and have your horse put down for being a dangerous animal.
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post #3 of 21 Old 02-20-2013, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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It was a family member...

Horses are scared of 2 things:
1. Things that move
2. Things that don't
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post #4 of 21 Old 02-20-2013, 10:37 AM
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I have a cinchy mare that is a million times better now. She threatens to bit my hubby or strangers if they even get close to her cinch. She wouldnt dare attempt to bite me but what I do when I cinch her up is just barely snug my cinch. I let her stand for a few minutes go back and tighten it little by little. It used to take me about thirty to fourty minutes to get her completely cinched up without it bothering her. Now she is much better and I only go back twice and snug it up. Just make sure absolutely nothing is pinching her. I found out my cinch kept pinching my mare and actually got ditched flat on my hind end one day because my cinch pinched her. I use sheep skin guards now to prevent this from happening. Just start taking it very very slow with her and it may take several months if you ride 3-4 times a week for her to realize that you arent just going to yank the cinch tight on her. I do the same thing with my rear cinch cause I ride with it pretty snug. I will actually retighten my rear cinch after I have been riding for a little while.
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post #5 of 21 Old 02-20-2013, 10:49 AM
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Her saddle might not fit right and hurts her, I have seen in one of your photos of her that she is underweight and has a very predominant whither and back bone. Check your saddle fit please.
If she is that much of a violent biter, something is very wrong, she isn't just grumpy.
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post #6 of 21 Old 02-20-2013, 10:53 AM
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are you talking about the bay mare??? If so, can you please post recent pictures?

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post #7 of 21 Old 02-20-2013, 11:09 AM
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Well that could be because your tightening the girth up too quick and too tight. Normally when we first saddle we don't tighten it right away, we let them sit before we get on. Every-time she reaches her head around to try and bite give her a pop on the neck with the flat of your hand.
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post #8 of 21 Old 02-20-2013, 11:22 AM
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This is somewhat easy to fix the long she has not been doing it to long. But, First when you are grooming or just working around her, she is to keep her head strait if she looks back at you "softly" push her head back strait "EVER TIME" Second, when saddling same thing keep her head strait, for training tighten the cinch up just to the point it comes in contact with her body and stop. Pet her talk to her rub her neck (with her head strait) Then tighten the cinch she is going to reacted the first moment she starts to react STOP tightening. Again talk to her pet her rub her neck. At this point if the cinch is tight enough to hold the saddle in place, this would be a good time to Bridle her or lead her around a little. Then if need be tighten the cinch again same thing tighten until you feel her flinch, her head might go up a little, she might pin her ears, any of these sighs STOP tightening let her relaxes.
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post #9 of 21 Old 02-20-2013, 11:44 AM
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It sounds like she is becoming girthy. I would start tightening the girth more slowly and take breaks in between. Up one hole, adjust your stirrups, up one more, put her bridle on, up one hole before you get on...you get the idea. Praise her each time she doesn't react.
Here is something an old horsewoman taught me. Before you tighten up your girth, stand in front of your horse. Take one of her forelegs and, grabbing behind the knee, gently pull the leg forward. I assume it loosens up the skin/muscles where the girth lays, and I've done it with extremely girthy horses before and it does improve their reaction to having the girth done.
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post #10 of 21 Old 02-20-2013, 12:05 PM
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This is somewhat easy to fix the long she has not been doing it to long. But, First when you are grooming or just working around her, she is to keep her head strait if she looks back at you "softly" push her head back strait "EVER TIME" Second, when saddling same thing keep her head strait, for training tighten the cinch up just to the point it comes in contact with her body and stop. Pet her talk to her rub her neck (with her head strait) Then tighten the cinch she is going to reacted the first moment she starts to react STOP tightening. Again talk to her pet her rub her neck. At this point if the cinch is tight enough to hold the saddle in place, this would be a good time to Bridle her or lead her around a little. Then if need be tighten the cinch again same thing tighten until you feel her flinch, her head might go up a little, she might pin her ears, any of these sighs STOP tightening let her relaxes.
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