Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Aires was 15hh and 1200lbs when I bought him as a basically unhandled two-year-old stud colt. He was pushy, a biter and had no clue how to walk on a lead. He would run over me, wouldn't stop when I asked and would invade my space constantly when off-lead. So, we started with leading. If he didn't stop when I asked, he got a smart pop with the halter (a quick downward jerk on the poll/noseband). If he crowded me, he got a hard elbow to whatever body part I was closest to. It took consistent work, but he soon realized that I was in charge and what I said went.
As for the biting, he was nippy at first and he'd get a pop on the nose with the flat of my hand. Then, one day we were walking down the road and he hauled off and latched onto my forearm with his teeth. Ears pinned, pissed off and clamped down. What came next was pure reaction on my part. He had latched onto my right forearm, so my left fist swung around in a beautiful roundhouse punch that connected with his jaw. He got a shocked look for a second...but has NEVER offered to bite me again. If he even ACTS like he's going to nip or even lip me, or anyone else, he gets a pop on the nose or mouth (whichever part is handier).
Do not tell me I can't...because I will show
you that I can.