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post #11 of 18 Old 03-02-2010, 09:49 PM
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I have to agree with RiosDad. In my experience, 90% of people who claim hitting doesn't help is because the person has never actually HIT a horse before.

When a horse bites or kicks, there is NO foolin'. You have two options - you can go the natural horsemanship method, or you can let fly with your fist firmly into his nose. This isn't a "Bad Bobo" smack, this is "Horse, I'ma knock your bleepin lights out if you try that again!" backhand.

I have never had a horse get past one or two of these and continue with thinking they want to be biting me. I have NEVER had a horse become headshy - like RiosDad said - they become headshy from "swats" constantly. Nail the sucker across the chops just once or twice, enough to make stagger a step back, and I promise you will have a non-biting horse that is not headshy. They KNOW. If they went to bite the leadmare, they'd get a rock solid hoof with more power then a semi doing a buck twenty down the highway right to the temple.

I don't believe in "hitting" a horse. Swatting him on the nose, or slapping him on the chest is only going to piss him off. If you ARE going to use physical discipline, it needs to be as fast and furious as you can bring it down on his poor head and over before he even knows what hit him.

If done right, I have never in my life witnessed a horse act afraid, headshy or abused after getting a licking for biting, kicking, or any other nasty dangerous vice.

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post #12 of 18 Old 03-02-2010, 10:33 PM
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Oh no!

This one has spots and he has really getting ready to chomp down hard.

Hellllpp,Please give me a 2x4 to smack him.

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post #13 of 18 Old 03-02-2010, 11:30 PM
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That is a pretty pony Marecare. What breed is it?

I have to admit when I was many, many years younger I had a pony that bit and beat the crap out of me. His biting was so bad that he picked me up by the skin on my back, I bled like hell and still have a scar. It got to the stage that the only way I could get on him was if I was standing on a bank that put my feet at the same level as his back. If I tried to get on from beside him the head would snake around and grab me.

One day I got so angry with him, I had to get off him and the only way I could get on him was from a small log which ofcourse put me directly in the danger zone. Everytime I went to get on around would come the head, I would smack it away but it was waiting for the next attempt. I got so angry that when Alfie's head came around once more I grabbed his ear and bite it as hard as I could! I didn't plan to do it, I just reacted. That little bugger of a pony was absolutely shocked! He just stood there with his ear hanging down and a stupid look on his face, he never did bite again. Although he did come up with new forms of torture for me LOL.
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post #14 of 18 Old 03-03-2010, 10:23 AM
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My boy bites too. It really is his only vice, but what a PITA. I react the same as a mare would, whip around and kick out. Doesn't matter if you connect or not (I have really short legs). It gets the point across no problem. The biting has gotten much less over the two months and is almost gone. He can go a few days now without doing it. Actually I can tell when another boarder has been "playing" with his nose. bugs the hell out of me!

But I do not feed him by hand - EVER!
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post #15 of 18 Old 03-03-2010, 10:32 AM
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I was picking out my loan pony's hooves and the bugger decided my back would be a tasty treat. The moment I felt his teeth on my back I bit his shoulder hard because that was the first thing I reached. He was so shocked but he never bit me again or even threatened to.

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post #16 of 18 Old 03-03-2010, 11:53 AM
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Biting backs works. My friends horse was really bad biting at little kids who walked by her stall to get their horses, one poor kid got really beat up, of course the owner didn't do anything and just said "Oh my baby is being evil..silly horse" Well when that horse tried to take a chunk out of me. I bit her back. We didn't have that problem anymore. =]

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post #17 of 18 Old 03-04-2010, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Good Ideas! His biting is getting so bad that I don't think I would feel guilty about punching him in the nose! I know he's doing it just to be a jerk! He was hateful this morning!!!! and I do feed them treats by hand but I rarely give them treats and if I do he is a complete sweetie! LOLOL
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post #18 of 18 Old 03-04-2010, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Bakkir View Post
Doesn't matter if you connect or not (I have really short legs). It gets the point across no problem. !
Yes it does matter. You have to connect and the harder the better. It serves to reinforce the habit if you lash out and miss and he gets away with it. I will hit them in the chops with anything I have in my hand and as hard as I can. If nothing I will elbow him in the mouth.
The habit stops almost immediately. I will even offer my other arm to bit and dare him to have a go. To hurt him is to stop him from biting. To miss is just reinforcing the habit.
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