Originally Posted by COQtrhorseman
I keep a small crop with me when I walk the young weanlings/yearlings that like to bite or nip. When they reach for me I give them a short, quick firm but not hard whack on the chest, never the head. It's more of an attention getter than anything and they learn to associate it with their bite and quit. The crop is just used as an extention of my arm.
I deal with alot of young studs that love to bite. I hit them hard right in the chops with anything I have in my hands, brush, hoof pick , elbow and right in the mouth as hard as possible. In a few weeks they give up the habit and are not head shy. They know why they are being hit. Hitting on the chest gently does nothing. One young guy grabbed my dad by the shirt as he walked by. He had a gallon steel measure in his hand and hit him over the head as hard as he possibley could. He never bit again.
Hit him hard as possible and do it as his head snakes out, not after the fact.