08-27-2009, 11:41 AM
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I'd just smack her in the neck when she tries to nip. You have a 3 second window after she does something like that to make her think she's going to die, after those 3 seconds she'll have moved on and not have any idea why she's being punished. That alone will build her respect for you a lot because you aren't letting her get away with whatever she wants.
I do that with my mare and even though she was very roughly handled (basically abused but I think that word is overused) she respects and loves me the most out of all the people she comes in contact with, even the ones who see her everyday and feed her. I don't have to smack her very often (maybe once every 3 months or something) because she respects that I AM going to make her work even if she doesn't want to and that bad things happen when she's bad and good things happen when she's good. I had to show her that I am fair (by not flying off the handle about every little bad thing she did, just calmly showing her the consequences for things I could enforce every time, like nipping) and consistent (by not letting her get away with nipping "just this once" because my friends were there or something) and in turn she knows that I'm the one she should be looking to for guidance because she knows that I'm there for her and she doesn't have to be scared anymore in the security she gets from the rules I've set.
Are you positive she knows how to lunge? She may just not understand.