Ok It's me again..I needing advice on how to respond to my 9 month old colt...when im trying to do certain things like brushing him bathing etc he stomps his foot..Im wondering if he's trying to tell me something or what.. And he likes to nip..is it ok to pop him on his nose..not hard just to let him know it's not ok..i don't want him to be skitish of me...thanks for any suggestions..one time I kind of not kicked but smacked his leg part with my foot to try and let him know to stop but don't know if that's a good idea...
The stomping is him being impatient. When he stomps tap him and say no. When he turns to nip try to anticipate it and let his nose run into your elbow or brush not so much that you are hitting him just make it unpleasant for him before he bites. If he actually gets you a good thump back is fine. You won't hurt him If he bit a horse higher up in the herd he would get it back good.
For impatient stomping in the young ones, we prefer to just ignore it. They are trying to get your attention and if you ignore it, they soon learn that it won't work on you.
For nipping, what Chella said works fine, and tell them to 'quit' (or whatever word you want), too. Whatever you do, though, don't miss a single opportunity to correct them immediately, even you wind up smacking them with a brush, comb, feed pan, or whatever you have in your hand. Nipping is something very natural to a horse, and you really want to train out of them early or you'll find it much harder to correct later.