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post #1 of 13 Old 11-09-2010, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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My foal started biteing! Advice

ok, had my 5 month old colt nearly 2 weeks now. he settled in great eating fine etc. untill tonight when i came in from work i decided to try and get his back hooves up as he is desperate to get a trim, never touch his back legs to much so used a walking stick only did around 15 mins then called it aday. i had one hand on his halter ond over giving him a good scratch between his front legs wich hes normally fine with and he turned round so fast with his ears pinned back and took a swipe for my hand i couldnt beleive it. he also took a swipe at my girlfriends jacket this morning while in the stable. i yelled at him and he looked straight back at me with his ears pinned right back. we have never given him tit bits or other feed from the hand i cant understand it
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-09-2010, 01:56 PM
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Is he gelded? If not, part of that attitude may be his hormones kicking in.

It appears that he doesn't respect you. Do you make him mind, or do you just let him do what he wants?

Some people think it's 'cute' when foals act out, until that animal starts to grow up. Then it's not cute anymore.

I don't know the exact cause, but it's pretty obvious he has little to no respect for you as an authority figure.

Are you newbies to horses? If so, why on earth would you buy a baby?
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-09-2010, 01:58 PM
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Sounds like he's testing you. I trained four foals from birth to between 4 and 10 months old. I found the colts were nippy with their legs being handled (like yours) and the filly was more testy about kicking. She was getting big and out of the blue pinned her ears, swung her rump and tried to kick me. I smacked her on the rump and shouted "NO!" She never did it again.

For the colts it was a bit different. I don't belive in hitting horses around the head so I had to think of something different. When I picked up their front feet they would nip at me so I would keep my elbow their so they would bonk themselves. If they wouldn't quit it I gave them a little flick on the nose with a firm "NO!" Sometimes you just have to make yourself big and scary and move into them saying, "Hey, hey, no biting!"

Foals are often more playful at that age and it isn't really out of meanness. However they grow up to be huge so it has to be stopped and handled with appropriate firmness. Hope this helps!
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-09-2010, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the advice,
could it be due to maybe handling of him in his stable do you think? maybe hes thinking this is my space.
i did realy shout at him in a deep voice 'NO' whilst being as big as possible in my posture. he has nibbled in a playing manner before but by no means was he playing this time.
i am new to horses but my girlfriend isn't she had alot of exp but quit the hobby for a few years and here we are today.
i have read so many places not to hit them and so many say do! i just would like to no the best way to get him to quit it before its to late.

thanks again
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If he continues it and it is in a mean manner I would give him a little smack. A mother would bite a foal if it was misbehaving. Of course you should never smack them around the head - that is never ok. But a flick to the nose, or a pop on the shoulder isn't going to hurt.

As for in the stable make sure he does not invade your space. If you invite him in thats fine but otherwise make him keep his distance and respect your space.
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If he continues it and it is in a mean manner I would give him a little smack. A mother would bite a foal if it was misbehaving. Of course you should never smack them around the head - that is never ok. But a flick to the nose, or a pop on the shoulder isn't going to hurt.

As for in the stable make sure he does not invade your space. If you invite him in thats fine but otherwise make him keep his distance and respect your space.
ok thanks for that. i am thinking any handling/grooming i do from now is going to be outside of the stable hopefully this behaviour will stop, i have been very strict on people feeding him from the hand to avoid this and it still happend
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post #7 of 13 Old 11-09-2010, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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oh and no he isnt gelded. we booked the vet to get him done and when he come out to doi it only when testical had dropped the vet advised to wait till spring!
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You should give him a little smack in the mouth. Show him whose boss
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post #9 of 13 Old 11-10-2010, 06:26 AM
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If you were a lady I'd tell you to bite him back. Finger nails work great to make them think they got bitten back and then run off, just like their Mom would if they bit her. I personally don't allow mine to get nippy or mouthy at all.
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post #10 of 13 Old 11-10-2010, 06:44 AM
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Don't let him nibble at all. That's a prelude to biting. A loud slap, anywhere reachable. Is he halter broke. If not fix that situation and teach him a little about your space and yielding when you ask.
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