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post #1 of 13 Old 05-05-2010, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Horse biting

My horse has started nipping at me...how can I break him of that? P.s. I don't feed him treats from my hand
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-05-2010, 08:47 PM
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Is he on a lead? Are you on his back? In a stall? When is he nipping at you?
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post #3 of 13 Old 05-05-2010, 08:57 PM
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One quick correction, loud enough so he doesn't confuse it as a game. Try to time it when he's about to nip, not after the fact. He needs to understand by your choice of correction that nipping is not something he will be tempted to try again.

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post #4 of 13 Old 05-05-2010, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Biting

He usually attempts to nip at me anytime I try to pet him. I make the loud noise when I see he is getting ready to nip me and this keeps him from actually biting me; however he still continues to try. So I spend all the time trying to keep him from biting me instead of enjoying him. I don't have too much trouble when he is on a lead or cross tied. Just wondering when he will get it. He is 2 1/2 and I know some of it is age, but makes me not want to pet him.
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post #5 of 13 Old 05-06-2010, 12:10 AM
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I have a horse that went through a biting period....
I hate to say it, but it does just take time, maybe a lot of time, but they do grow out of it.
Be consistent with your correction, use the same correction, and always correct him. You should be able to convince him it is much nicer to let you show affection, then to bite you and be corrected.
It probably took Kizmit a year or so to really decide to give it up, but he did.

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post #6 of 13 Old 05-06-2010, 07:08 AM
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The easiest way to keep a horse from nipping you is to keep thier mouth away. Don't let the horse put its mouth on or near any part of you and if they do bite you give them a mack and go on with what you are doing. Don't smack on the shoulder or the neck. Give them a short hard pop to the jaw or nose. If you do it with commitment and do it the same every time your horse will quit biting long before it gets head shy nd if you rub where you hit soon after it won't make him head shy anyway.

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post #7 of 13 Old 05-07-2010, 04:21 AM
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my mare bit me once, I gave her a nice big slap on the nose, she never did it agen, and no she is not headshy from it, she just needed to be put back in her place, and needed to understand I am dominant over HER, NOT vice versa.
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If you do it with commitment and do it the same every time your horse will quit biting long before it gets head shy nd if you rub where you hit soon after it won't make him head shy anyway.
Yup. I'll also add that sometimes folks are caught offguard and 'miss' the opportunity to correct because they don't want to smack a certain place/way. If a horse tries to bite me and my hands are full, it will get a smack with a feed pan, manure fork, or whatever I am carrying.

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I have the same problem with my boy, he is two and a half too. He does it when in his stall and I go to pet him, if I correct him then he pins his ears and tries to bite again. He bit his trainer the other day, I don't think I ever saw him go backwards around the arena that fast before. I hope he grows out of it.
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Yup. I'll also add that sometimes folks are caught offguard and 'miss' the opportunity to correct because they don't want to smack a certain place/way. If a horse tries to bite me and my hands are full, it will get a smack with a feed pan, manure fork, or whatever I am carrying.
Me too. Same goes for a horse that turns its butt to me. If the horse is still learning to face me I'll cut some slack and maybe ask them to yeild their hind end away, but if I even smell the threat of a kick, whatever I have in my hand is going straight for that butt! They learn pretty quick that it's a lot easier to just stand quietly =)

This isn't a problem that should take a year to solve. If you make your correction (I would smack the offending body part- in your situation the mouth/nose/face) and the horse still trys again your correction wasn't strong enough- you need to up the pressure. It needs to be very clear that nippiny you = VERY BAD!

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