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    10-10-2010, 06:24 PM
  #21
Green Broke
I hit them in the nose with whatever body part I can! And I do it without missing a beat or even looking at them. Theyre nose ran into my elbow!!!
Haha that's funny that I found this thread today because m moms horse bit her today and then someone at the barn laughed and said 'BITE 'IM BACK!!' and we all started laughing, but in reality, that's what you should do (ok, maybe for healths sake, don't use your mouth!) but if a horse in the feild nips the lead horse they will get a boot, or bite, sooooo, the rules shouldnt change just becuase the lead hrose walks on two legs and rides them.
     
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    10-10-2010, 07:31 PM
  #22
Yearling
Most people are afraid of mouths in general.
Maybe it is a throw back to when we were running away from the lions.

I have to work with all my horses and do regular inspections of the condition of the inside of their mouth and so handling of that area is very comfortable for me.
I would encourage horse owners to explore the idea of becoming more familiar with the mouth and it's parts.
A horse will allow your handling of that area with the right approach for regular exams and even simple de-worming.

This allows you to be aware of small abscesses in the lip/gum/tongue area and a tooth that is giving trouble to your horse.
It allows inspection for proper bit fitting also.

Biting is reduced in many cases with handling.
     
    10-10-2010, 09:34 PM
  #23
Yearling
This happened to me the other day... or I should say it almost happened.
There was a 3 y/o Oldenburg gelding in the indoor following me around while I was working the other day. The hallway to the front of barn goes along the arena, so that's where I was walking and that little sh!t waited until I walked past him before he pinned his ears and tried to take a chunk out of my arm. He got an elbow to the face.
I will not hesitate to hit a horse if they're trying to bite me.
     
    10-15-2010, 03:11 PM
  #24
Foal
I have 2 horses, I have worked at many lesson barns in the past, with biters, kickers, .blah blah blah...any horse that has bittn me that was NOT mine, I bite back, if its my horse, they get smacked in the face, (not hard) but enough to realize they screwed up, I know your never soppost to smack a horse in there face, andthat is the only time I will, Breeze bit me once when I first got him, popped him right in the nose and that was the last time he has ever even tried, let alone made contact, and he is not the least bit headshy,
Gemini bit me when he was 7 months old...same thing..POP. He freaked, and has never bitten anybody ever again. He is not head shy now either,..
     
    10-15-2010, 03:35 PM
  #25
Yearling
If a horse tries to bite me they get a firm pop in the nose with my hand. End of story. After that I've never had one try to do it again.
     
    10-15-2010, 04:00 PM
  #26
Foal
If it's a quick bite just to be naughty I pop them in the nose. Not enough to hurt, just to startle. If it's really hard and deliberate, I grab their lips and twist, or if their head is in the right place, I bite them back on the ear. It really confuses them.
     
    10-15-2010, 05:40 PM
  #27
Foal
I had this happen yesterday with my new and first horse, a gelding. Thankfully, the farriers assistant had just given me a talk about ground manners and cutting out the treats as my guy was all over me trying to get me to produce the treats that were in my pocket. So, after we finish, I am there talking to my neighbor and pushing him back from me and he put his teeth on my arm -- didn't bite down, but I felt teeth. I puffed up like a guy about to get into a fight, fixed my eyes on him, yelled NO! While slapping his shoulder, and just about backed him up through the whole pasture. He had a look of of awe -- like "****, she's not such a sucker after all".

He's a good boy overall, and I am certainly more of a lover than a fighter. But, reading these posts made me feel like I was right to rise up in righteous indignation. And, I don't think he'll ever do that again :)

On that note, I have my horse at home and am not convenient to a trainer and am still looking for a horse trailer, so that we can go to a trainer. In the meantime, I would like to start a program that will help me with things like ground manners -- is Parelli the best bet? Any suggestions for good program for an adult beginner looking to increase my knowledge of horse behavior and something I could do with my horse where we are both learning and becoming better partners? I want to make sure that I don't take a good horse and turn him into a bad one by encouraging bad habits, if that makes sense.
     
    10-15-2010, 06:04 PM
  #28
Started
I bite my horse back, no matter the situation.

Just like when my cutting horse kicked me, I kicked him back. Needless to say, he didn't do it again.
     
    10-15-2010, 07:31 PM
  #29
Green Broke
Laughed when I saw some of your answers! I would never...... Of course.. I bite back! Lol I've always smacked em right in the mouth but that was way back when I didn't know any better and now I will do unto them as they do to me. Course, a little carefully but I'll get after them.
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    10-15-2010, 07:43 PM
  #30
Showing
Bite the horse back! My mom's friend used to have horses, and when his horse bit him unloading him from the trailer, he punched him square in the face and the horse never did it again, nor was he headshy from it. I don't completely agree with this (injury possible) but you do what you have to do with an aggressive horse. We used to have a big Paint Clydesdale who bit and kicked, and when he bit it was because he was aggressive or wanted attention. I backhanded him in his nose when he did it, but he probably barely felt it under all his layers of muscle and fat. I think the correct response is to simulate what horses do with each other: "bite" him back by squeezing his mouth or neck and pushing with your fingers. An elbow to the mouth does the trick, too.
     

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