Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
• Horses: 0
I disagree with the idea of simply 'treating' a horse. Treating, no matter the setting, often encourages a horse to invade space, and eventually nip in search of treats. It leads to more harm than it does good.
I work with a Mexican Mustang who was abused by his first owner, and was spoiled by a bunch of boys. When it came to the cinch, he would always act like he was going to nip, or threaten to. He even caught a few people on the breast before and left nasty bruises.
Part of the reason he nipped was due to the fact that he had a scar on his side where a cinch would have been put, due to the abuse. But it's also because he simply did not want to work. When he threatened to nip, or even attempted to, he'd get reprimanded by a smack and a hard lunge to demonstrate dominance and to keep him from acting like the big boss that he thought he was.
Now that he's realized he won't get away with it, he sits fine while being cinched up.