I was having a bit of an argument with some people at work today about the general training of animals, but it came around specifically to horses. I was quite horrified to hear somebody say that they believe that if you have a horse that bites the correct thing to do is to bite it back (that is to say, you as a human being, use your teeth to bite into the horse's nose) because "it's the only language they understand".
I like to think I have a fairly good grasp of general animal psychology, and would have thought this was a very dangerous thing to do, not to mention the fact that I cannot imagine a horse learning anything from this, and might actually become confused or dangerous to the person attempting to bite it.
Can anyone here confirm that this isn't the correct thing to do. I'm at least open to the possibility that this is a "done thing", but I'd very nearly bet my left nut it's completely inappropriate.
Oh the same people said you're also meant to bite a dog on the face. Personally I wouldn't want to be in a biting contest with a horse or a Rottweiler, because I'm pretty sure both could quite effortlessly tear the face off a human being. So you know, you can give your opinion on that too. I believe both people actually own one of the animal they were claiming you're meant to bite, so somebody's face might depend on your answer.