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    10-10-2010, 03:13 AM
  #11
Foal
Hmmm, depends on how they act. If they are mouthy, nippy or just being playful I just say "no" or push them away. Usually that is enough. I don't mind the horse lipping or licking or even using his teeth as long as it doesn't hurt. Sometimes they don't realize that it does hurt and you have to tell them seriously or they don't take it seriously. A firm no.

If they are biting, being mean and challenging me I shall defend myself. Usually a slap to the neck gets to them becasue of the noise. If they get a hold on me, sorry I will slap what I can. Slapping is the best way I'd say, it makes a lot of noise but doesn't hurt.
     
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    10-10-2010, 09:27 AM
  #12
Yearling
If a horse is trying to be mouthy or playful, and he keeps wanting to nip at you, boredom is also a factor. The best advice that I have been given is to just annoy the horse back. If he starts trying to get all up in your space, rub your hands over his eyes, all over his nose. Soon enough, he's going to say 'hey, that's annoying, I don't want that,' and turn his head away from you.

A lot of people, wether they realize it or not, ag the horse on. If you always stand close to the horse's head so his muzzle can find your shirt, what do you think is going to happen when he gets bored? Horses are like babies, they always have to put things in their mouth that they smell and are interested in.

As for an aggressive horse, people ag that on too. John Lyons says the best thing to do with a biting horse is give it love. When a horse is dubbed as a 'biting' horse, of course no one wants to get bitten, but people will poke at it with sticks, yell at it, hit it in the face, so it only learns to be more aggressive. John says to just stand by the horse where it can't bite you and love on it, so it learns it doesn't have to bite you (he goes into a more detailed process, I will have to borrow that tape again) lol.
     
    10-10-2010, 12:00 PM
  #13
Foal
I've always believed the best method is to 'bite' them back by nipping them on the neck with your hand, simply because that's what another horse would do!
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    10-10-2010, 01:07 PM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by Snookeys    
Because I just say "Ow."

I see a lot of horses get smacked in the face over nipping. Some do it to be naughty, but some do it just because they're mouthy... then I see the horses that are getting a nice scratch and they start to "groom" you back, but some people, as soon as they feel those teeth or the lips wiggling, they'll backhand that horse's muzzle without missing a beat. I was always taught to never strike a horse in the face. I'll pinch their lips slightly as a warning if they are play-nipping, and that seems to work.

Anyway, what do you guys do?
Bite him back!
     
    10-10-2010, 02:18 PM
  #15
Foal
My mare was getting very teethy, and pining her ears, every time I would touch her. So one day when she was really aggressive she got an upper cut. I socked her hard. She hasn't ever come at me with her teeth again. She has snapped at me a few times since but hasn't needed full out punches. Just a wack does the trick. Now she has been very well behaved since her discipline. No aggression is needed because she knows that I am the boss-NOT her!
     
    10-10-2010, 02:27 PM
  #16
Foal
My little mare knipped at me one time when I surprised her with a tightening of the cinch. She didn't mean any harm. She was just startled. I told her I was sorry, and then I was slower in cinching her, giving her a chance to readjust her mind to what I was doing. Never had an incident cinch.

It's a "getting to know each other" relationship. Sometimes yu gotta do the upper cut thing. Depends on the horse and their attitude.
     
    10-10-2010, 02:55 PM
  #17
Weanling
Bite 'em back!
I quickly give the nose a good pinch.
Wait too long or hold back too much and it won't send the correct message.
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    10-10-2010, 03:34 PM
  #18
dee
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I usually smack the snot out of their nose if they try to bite me. Daughter's stallion tried to bite me once, but I couldn't get to his nose, so I grabbed the lead rope away from her and ran full at him. He had to back up nearly the full length of the pen. The look on his face was priceless, he was so shocked! He hasn't tried to bite me but once since then. Second time, I did get his nose. Hard. I can't hit nearly as hard as a horse can kick, so I don't pull my punches. I haven't made him head shy, either.

I just can't have a biting horse on the property. I have five grandkids that live here with me, and I don't want anything to happen to them. I have a friend who had a pony that nipped - they thought it was cute until the day he nipped off four of her daughter's fingers...
     
    10-10-2010, 06:11 PM
  #19
Weanling
I was told once when I 1st got my horses, that if you are a woman, and you have male horses, you know they "accept you" when they nip/bite you in the breast. Well, I don't know how true that was, but both my geldings bit me in my left breast! It was a quick surprize "Gotcha!" nip & they have never got me since. (Mustang got me in 2005 when I got him & the Appy when I got him)

They have been "mouthy" to me since then, but I recognize that they aren't being malicious. I usually treat them like I do my kids: raise myself up, look right at them & with a stern voice "OI! I don't THINK so! You know better than that!" Usually does the trick. If not, then they meet my elbow or get a quick rap (kinda like a flick of the wrist).

My mare is way too laid back & even when we were treating her medically when her leg was sliced open, she never nipped or bit.
     
    10-10-2010, 06:19 PM
  #20
Green Broke
Their nose gets introduced to my fist, that's what. A horse will bit me once and he will never, EVER, consider it again. Biting is incrediably dangerous and I will not allow someone else to be in danger because of my horse's bad habits.

A nippy or mouthy horse I will discourage with an elbow or pinching the nostril. My filly was getting pretty nippy, so I stopped hand feeding and kept my guard to discipline her immediately. The issue being she started grabbing at clothing and half strangled my friend once who was kneeling to check her leg. She got a couple slaps to the nose before she wised up, having neccesitated me to increase my force when pinching wasn't working.

I have zero issues clocking my horse if and when s/he deserves it. I refuse to own an animal with dangerous habits. Risking my own safety is one thing, risking the safety of others is a unacceptable.
     

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