My horse has always "made the how dare you!" face when I tighten his girth, but lately he's gotten worse about me girthing him and has picked up some new habits.
The first one is when I'm brushing him he'll be all over my space, not with his whole body but with his head and neck. He constantly turns his head and neck at me when I'm brushing him, If someone has to go by him and he's cross tied he'll virtually molest them, he'll be all over them with his face looking for snacks. If I have to go by him with something he's all over it. At first I thought it was cute but I quickly learned that it's incredibly annoying!
The second habit, related to the first, is if I ignore this behavior, or sometimes when I'm hard brushing him at the top of his neck, , or adjusting his blanket on him, he'll turn his head and snap at me. He has never actually bitten me but he snaps at me sometimes in those situations.
Saddling him he's gotten really fresh about, putting the saddle pad and foam pad on he gets alert and starts to slowly put his ears back. Putting the saddle on his ear go back. I give him a pat and tell him he's alright. When I girth him though, it's a hole different story. He [ins his ears flat and everytime I bring it slightly tighter he snaps his teeth in my direction, over and over till I'm done putting the girth on. When I go to put it up another hole or two [so the saddle doesn't slide off on my way to the ring] he'll flick his tail, pick up his back foot, and slam it into the ground. It's very threatening.
When I go to put the reins over his head to bridle him he'll nip to the side and grab the reins in his mouth, I have to tug-of-war to get the reins back from him. And with my mom who isn't as sneaky as me with the bridle he'll usually grab the nose band or throat latch with his teeth before she can get the bit in his mouth.
Do to this behavior we have stopped giving him treats, and we haven't been giving him treats for a little over a week now and we haven't seen any improvement in this rude behavior. If he goes to nip at me I'll usually give him a loud, abrupt "HEY!" or a thwap on the shoulder. But it doesn't really work.
Does anyone know any tricks to getting my horses manners back? He wasn't always like this.