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post #1 of 45 Old 04-24-2012, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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That horse needs to be taught some religion and you need to find someone to teach it. It seems like you don't want to be the 'heavy', but it needs to be done before that horse seriously hurts someone. It's not an 'if it happens' it's a 'going to happen' with a biter. Smack him as hard as you can on the end of his nose with your crop when he does it. A light little tap isn't going to cut it.
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post #2 of 45 Old 04-24-2012, 01:14 PM
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Question My horse bites...and wont ever Stop!!

So I have a quarter horse and he is only 5 and bites people so much! I don't know what to do. When he bites me I give him a little smack and he will stop for a couple minutes then try again. Even if I am just trying to pet the side of his neck or something he will try to bite me. I think its mostly because he's a baby and half the times he is biting he's just being playful. But he has bitten me pretty hard before and it really hurts! Everyone wants to pet him because he is just sooo friendly but I have to alwaysss tell people he bites.

What are some suggestions to do to try to make him stop?!

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post #3 of 45 Old 04-24-2012, 01:17 PM
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A "little smack" is the problem - you are not correcting him in a meaningful way, in fact it becomes a game to him. At 5 he is NOT 'a baby' and this behavior can not be taken/accepted as 'play'.
Your post reads rather "touchy/feely" - before I offer any sort of advice, are you open to using actual physical correction or not?
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post #4 of 45 Old 04-24-2012, 01:17 PM
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Stop giving "a little smack" and give a hefty jab with your elbow right as he goes to bite you. You need him to know that he needs to cut it out NOW!

Running into a pointy elbow when you go to bite isn't much fun.
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post #5 of 45 Old 04-24-2012, 01:18 PM
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ohh okay i'll try that thanks

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post #6 of 45 Old 04-24-2012, 01:20 PM
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As already stated, at 5 he's hardly a baby so stop referring to him that way. He was obviously a bad mannered foal who was allowed to mature into a bad mannered adult horse.

Slapping him only means it's a game to him. He bites, you slap, and he comes back in to bite you again.

He needs to know that it's not acceptable, and for that you're going to need to physically correct him, not give him a half hearted slap and a squealing, 'Oooh, stop that!'

Some people carry tacks in between their fingers so when a horse comes in to bite, they get the tacks instead. I'm not advocating that, but I've heard it can be very effective.

Your body language and voice are also going to play a big part. You can't cringe or squeal; you have to be forceful and very confident.
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So I have a quarter horse and he is only 5 and bites people so much! I don't know what to do. When he bites me I give him a little smack and he will stop for a couple minutes then try again. Even if I am just trying to pet the side of his neck or something he will try to bite me. I think its mostly because he's a baby and half the times he is biting he's just being playful. But he has bitten me pretty hard before and it really hurts! Everyone wants to pet him because he is just sooo friendly but I have to alwaysss tell people he bites.

What are some suggestions to do to try to make him stop?!

1. He's not a baby, he's 5, which makes him an adult horse.
2. Biting is not playful. Ever.
3. That bite that "really hurts" can VERY quickly turn into a bone crushing bite. They have powerful jaws.
4. If he is "friendly" but still bites, then he is taking advantage of you. You need to stop babying him and take over the situation. I am guessing he has done this for quite a while. It needs to be stopped like yesterday.

There are many ways to stop a biter, but like others have said, you need to be willing to actually STOP the behavior and not half-heartedly either. Your priority needs to be stopping the biting, and not worrying about whether or not you are going to hurt your baby.

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post #8 of 45 Old 04-24-2012, 01:29 PM
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Years ago we had a horse that liked to bite. For him, it was definitely a game, and it had been inadvertently encouraged by his previous owner...playing slap and tickle. We got the horse for a song because of his biting habit.

It took a while, but we finally were sure we had broken his nasty habit. No hand feeding - period. No treats, no grabbing a handful of grass to give to him...nothing. When he tried to bite, it was full on war - a stout fist to the snout, yelling, screaming...made him move his feet, and keep moving them. It was almost funny to see the shocked look on his face the first time he tried it. And the second. And the third. After that, the nips became fewer and fewer.

Didn't have him very long - sold him to a young kid who wanted him for youth rodeo. Saw him every once in a while, but as far as I know, the horse wasn't biting any more.

Your horse's habit is not one that you can fix easily or quickly. However, it's a very dangerous habit. One you need to stop as soon as humanly possible before he bites the wrong person, which could land you and/or your parents in some serious hot water...

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post #9 of 45 Old 04-24-2012, 01:39 PM
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I hate biting! I think you have good advice here.

When I have a horse nip/bite me -- for about 3 seconds that horse thinks he is GOING TO DIE! Then it's over until next time.

If you aren't strong enough, or if you're "picking" at him .. it will only get worse..

He needs to think he is going to DIE ..but quickly and decisively...

Good luck.
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post #10 of 45 Old 04-24-2012, 01:42 PM
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he is still a baby because he just turned 5 a couple days ago...
I do not squeal a yell in a very stern voice and I actually do hit him hard. When im brushing him a have the crop with me and every time he tries to bite I smack him with harder each time...but he doesnt care. He is so stubborn.
I don't give him food from my hands because I know that that wil make him bite even more lol.
Now because I do hit him in the face so much because he is always biting, he is really head shy and has good reflexes and knows that the second he even opens his mouth I will hit him...but he still tries to bite -_-

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