01-13-2013, 07:58 PM
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I wouldn't necessarily take this as the horse disrespecting you, but I would try to discourage it.
What I've done in the past with nibbling horses is give them a little pinch on the muzzle when they nip. It worked very well. I think they start doing it out of curiosity, but it can certainly escalate.
If the horse actually bites, you'll need to get much firmer. To me, an actual bite would earn that horse a very hard, quick slap on the neck.
KatieQ, you might want to tell your friend to back off with the kicking. There's not much flesh on a horse's leg to protect it from pain or injury. Anyone who's been kicked/hit in the shin would have an idea of how that feels (speaking as someone who walked around with ugly bruises on my shins for over a year after a kickboxing incident).