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?