Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Detroit, Michigan
I cannot believe this worked! Opinions??
Ok, I'mma try to make this short...
As some of you know, I have recently developed a biting habit. I refuse to say 'my horse' did, because I know it is something I am doing or related to me in some way, and in recent days, I have been trying EVERYTHING to curb it.
I've done everything. And the last 3 times I was there, it took me about 10 minutes to get him calm enough to get his saddle on (he's fine until then.) and then another 15 to cinch it.
I haven't been riding, too much, because I want to finish this problem up before we move on.
So, last night, I'm at work and we had just gotten in some new ketchup/mustard squeeze bottles. The empty clear plastic ones, ya know? And, I'm out back smoking and staring at these bottles, thinking about Butch and I'm like... Light bulb?
I take one and this evening I head out to the barn. Butch is being an angel, this evening, but he does nip. Each time he does I squeeze the bottle in the direction of his mouth, so he gets a puff of air, while continuing what I'm doing. No easy feat, I had to hide the dang thing in my inside coat pocket and I probably looked like an idiot tacking up my horse using a one knee, one hand, squeeze the bottle kind of technique.
But... IT WORKED. I had him tacked up in NO time. I didn't ride, just tacked and un-tacked him a few times and then when he was completely comfortable I worked him around the arena area.
I am still in awe. I can NOT believe this worked! I know the fight isn't over, as I want this taken care of for good, but... It was just the strangest thing, even my daughter was looking at me like I was an idiot. But... any port in a storm, right?
So, to bring this rant to an end, and before I get too big of a head because right now I'm feeling pretty smart... anyone have opinions on this? Anyone tried this before?
Most importantly, anyone disagree or think I shouldn't have done it?
What do you guys think?
He knows when you're happy
He knows when you're comfortable
He knows when you're confident
And he always knows when you have carrots.