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post #1 of 52 Old 04-25-2011, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Why did she bite me?

Well today I went down to put Tess's rug on. I was doing up the belly straps when she yurned around and bit me hard in the ribs. I didn't touch her AT ALL. And she knew I was there so I didn't catch her by suprise. Now I have NO IDEA why she bit me as she is a sweet horse. But what is making me upset about is that she DID do it. So I was considering a few things:
* In season at the moment
*Sore
*Tickilish around the belly (which she has never showed before
*In a bad mood

Another time a few weeks ago, she has become quiet girthy and bit me hard in the hip. I think that she may be sore, but she isn't resistant under saddle and is confortable doing the girth up now although once or twice she has pinned her ears.

I am so worried she may have a stomach ache, mild colic. But she hasn't any of the symptoms. So any help is GREATLY appreciated.
I am worried that she is sore or it is my fault.

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post #2 of 52 Old 04-25-2011, 01:38 AM
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From what you said, I don't know what is wrong - no way to tell.

Can you apply pressure to her and see if there is pain and locate it?

Sorry you were bitten are you ok?
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It sounds like you have considered many of the things that forum folk might mention. How did you react when she bit you? I can't imagine Mac biting me. I would die of shock and surprise.

Could be both of the things you said; season and soreness somewhere. But , no change in saddle, no obvious sores,.

Is she reacitve if you just touch those areas, no blanket or saddle, just your hands?
Is it already cold enough to need a blanket?
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Tiny-Is it cold and raining tiny, and she is in show condition and clipped out. And winter. Change in saddle but that was ages ago. She bit me whilst girthing in her old saddle. No sores, no lumps/bumps.

AlexS- I tried applying pressure,and she didn't swing around again (I was prepared), she DID pinch her mouth a little.
Im sore, I did cry but more because I was suprised that she bit me.

I reacted by dropping to the ground cos of shock/the sudden pain in my ribs. I didn't scold her as if she was in pain that would be wrong to scold her for trying to tell me. But when I went to finish doing the rug up, and she pinned her ears when I went near her head, I DID scold her.
Im kinda thinking it has somthing to do with being "moody mare time"


I REALLY hope it is not my fault :(

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One thing: a horse usually will not go to bite whom it perceives as its alpha.

However, there are extenuating circumstances, like emotional baggage from being cinched up rudely, which decides a horse to assume that it'll happen again at cinching time, & decides the horse to take the offensive to prevent that, by biting. In that case, you want to "woo" the horse, understanding that it is reacting to the baggage, & not to you personally.

You must discern whether this is emotional baggage, physical pain, or dominance attitude due to not perceiving you as alpha.
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I do the girth up slowly, one hole at a time, whilst talking to her. She has no emotional baggage.

Dominance, hmmmm. She accepts me as a leader. I have had her and trained her since she was 2 years old, and she has never put a foot wrong. I am not "soft" on her, as in letting her get away with little things. Thats not how I want my horse to work. I am constantly correcting her, she willingly obliges.

Physical pain, I have considered this. But she is fine under saddle with the girth done up and touching and putting pressure on her stomach (apart from today)She is is season so she could be sore in the stoamach.No lumps, bumps, scrapes, heat ect. Pain was my first thought. At first, I thought that it could be mild colic. But she is fine apart from today and that one time getting girthed.

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What on earth makes you think it might be your fault?

Sounds to me like you did nothing wrong.
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I didn't do anything wrong. It is just out of character for Tess, makes me thinks it is my fault. And nothing is adding up about pain, dominance, ect.

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It sounds like pain to me, or a pinching.
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