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post #1 of 11 Old 04-28-2008, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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My yearling is biting me!!!

When we first got him at about 7 monthes old, my colt NEVER bit me, he wouldn't even take food from our hands.
I was trying to get him to eat treats from me by giving treats to all the other horses around him and then eating carrots myself then after, giving them to a horse so he could see it was alright to eat them.

Now he'll eat anything I hand him. Or what I DON'T hand him, today I was working with him and he bit me about 3 times!!!!

He wasn't even angry about anything. I was leading him around and he just nipped me on my arm...

Whats wrong??
Is he teething and wants to get his mouth on EVERYTHING?
Or is he nipping because he is just learning to use his mouth on things.

What should I do???

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-28-2008, 08:59 PM
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Maybe he's just nipping out of curiosity? ;) Like a child does, he's probably just teething.

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post #3 of 11 Old 04-28-2008, 09:15 PM
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I bet its just teething they get very nippy and put there mouth on everything when there looseing there caps which is also painful for them.
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post #4 of 11 Old 04-28-2008, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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hmm... iwas kind of figuring that might be why... for all he knows we may WANT him to bite.
I am correcting him RIGHT away though, so he knows that's NOT OKAY!

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post #5 of 11 Old 04-28-2008, 10:11 PM
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Well, that's a start! Good, you're letting him know that he needs to respect you, & you're showing him who's boss. :)

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post #6 of 11 Old 04-28-2008, 10:51 PM
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It's a young horse thing...you are doing good to correct him right away. I think is is curious about the world, about how you will react, teething, and instinctual play behavior (testing if you are like another horse).

He will learn in time, but is he is not gelded at some point he may be a bit more persistent about it for a longer period of years....my six year old stud will still put weird things in his mouth if allowed (though he doesn't nip anymore...stopped around late 2 yrs). I sometimes let him hold my whip in his mouth...it is sort of fun...in general though, I pull anything else out of his mouth with a sharp no (which is really all that it takes for him).
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It's a young horse thing...you are doing good to correct him right away. I think is is curious about the world, about how you will react, teething, and instinctual play behavior (testing if you are like another horse).

He will learn in time, but is he is not gelded at some point he may be a bit more persistent about it for a longer period of years....my six year old stud will still put weird things in his mouth if allowed (though he doesn't nip anymore...stopped around late 2 yrs). I sometimes let him hold my whip in his mouth...it is sort of fun...in general though, I pull anything else out of his mouth with a sharp no (which is really all that it takes for him).
Thanks for that AK Our 2 year olds have been nippy for 2 years and now they seem to be getting over it. I've pinched lips, rubbed mouths wiggled whatever they were mouthing. It seems they have just magicly gotten over it. Must be an age thing
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-29-2008, 04:13 PM
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Chain lead or just pop him one in the nose.

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post #9 of 11 Old 04-29-2008, 06:04 PM
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he may just be teething. Also try not to hand feed alot if he wants something in your hand he will nip at you. It is kind of a bad habitt I hand feed to but it is not always good!

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post #10 of 11 Old 04-30-2008, 10:09 AM
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First of all, if he is biting, lose the hand feeding!!!!

Also everytime he bites, nips, or attempts, twist or pinch
the bottom of his lip, or you can smack the nose. This action
Really helps, trust me, I had the same problem with one of my boys
And it really helps them to resist the urge to bite! LOL!

Good Luck!

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