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post #1 of 7 Old 09-17-2012, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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My horse trying to bite me?

I loan a horse called Daisy, she keeps trying to bite me and nipping me. It happens mainly when leading her out and back in from the paddocks and when doing up her girth. The owner seems to think it doesn't happen to her, and I'm not sure what to do, the owner seems to think there are no back problems or anything. It's upsetting and I'm starting to get very scared of her and I'm not actually not looking forward to seeing or riding her because of the nipping. What can I do?

Thanks if you can make suggestions.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-17-2012, 04:15 PM
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When my horse would nip at me I would smack him on the muzzle, open palmed so it made a lot of noise, then keep on doing whatever I was doing like nothing happened.

It seems mean, but this is one of those behaviors that can become very dangerous over time. I do not treat those behaviors lightly.
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-17-2012, 04:26 PM
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Because you know she tries to get you, suddenly flap a bent arm as you walk. Don't worry about making her head shy if you connect with your elbow, it will teach her to be more mindful. Keep her guessing as to when it will happen. Same when you are grooming and cinching, flap that elbow up and down. When next you cinch, do it just tight enough so the saddle won't slip, walk her around then tighten a little more doing it gradually until it's how you need it. And flap that elbow! Let us know how it goes. Slapping isn't effective as the horse will make a game of it. But with an unexpected elbow jab the horse learns cause and effect.
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-17-2012, 04:46 PM
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Yeppers, Saddlebag's got it right!

As you are leading her, be watching for any signs that she is thinking about nipping. Her ears may start to twitch forward and back, or she may wrinkle the corner of her nose/mouth up, or some other little sign. As SOON as you see her thinking about it, bend the arm nearest to her in a sharp angle and aim a quick solid poke with with your elbow towards her muzzle. She will have made her move and will be swinging her nose towards you just as you are raising your elbow up and the point of your elbow will thump her sharply in the jaw or nose.

It will seem to her that she ran into a hard painful object, instead of her learning the game of "bite and evade the slap"...because they are much quicker moving away than we are at slapping!

Drop your arm back down, don't say anything, don't react in any other way, just keep walking and leading her like nothing happened. Keep an eye peeled and do this EVERY time she even thinks about nipping and she will soon give it up.

Good luck with her!

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Hold a nail in your hand and let her run into it. It never becomes a game, they never get head-shy or dodge to avoid you and there is NO downside. They usually only run into a nail once -- twice at the most. It is no different than having a horse ru into an electric fence.

You just tightly hold a nail in your hand with the point sticking out. Just keep the hand with the nail between you and the horse and it is very easy to make sure the horse runs into the nail. Do not jab at the horse. Just simply let the horse hit the nail.

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i know this is gonna sound mean BUT lol my horse went through a biting stage frist i started elbowing him really hard in the jaw that way hes not head shy. it worked for a while but then he started it up agin everytime id go to elbow him he'd turn his head so i couldnt get him. so i started carrying a small pin that i put just between my figures everytime hed bite id give him a quick little poke. he didnt like it at all. BUt now he dosnt bite!!!
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-17-2012, 11:44 PM
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I did the nail trick with a sharp pointy stick on a mustang that is a notorious biter.
he tried making a go at me as I was helping another girl tighten his girth, and I had the stick in hand. he ran into it. At first he seemed not to realize that there was a stick, and was quite puzzled. he tried it again, same result.

You could just see the clock works in his head ticking as he thought it over. I found it amusing as he stopped biting for the day.
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