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    02-01-2012, 01:59 AM
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Weanling
Would you purchase a horse that nips?

Hey there,

Right now looking at an interesting prospect, but apparently he nips. I'm still waiting for more specific details as to when he nips, etc.

Say the horse has otherwise good ground manners, would you purchase a horse that nips?

He is 8 and half years old, if that helps. Can it be trained out with consistency? Or a horse that nips will forever be nippy?
     
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    02-01-2012, 02:01 AM
  #2
Trained
I would love to acquire a horse that nips. When he becomes my horse, he will become a descent member of equine society that knows nipping is not acceptable, it's fairly easy correction.
     
    02-01-2012, 02:02 AM
  #3
Yearling
I have, and I've broken that habit on more than one occasion. They'll only be forever nippy if they didn't learn the anti-nip lesson well enough, the trick is giving them enough incentive to not nip. If he's a nice horse, go for it. If there's something better, I'd spend my money elsewhere. It's a buyer's market.
     
    02-01-2012, 02:03 AM
  #4
Yearling
It can be trained out but if it's a habit will be more likely to reoccur then in other horses. I'd be wary of other holes in his training too
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    02-01-2012, 02:05 AM
  #5
Showing
It would greatly depend on the horse. If he was exactly what I was looking for in every other respect and I knew how to deal with a nipper, then I would likely go ahead and buy him. If I was iffy about wanting him for other reasons, then the nipping would likely tip the scales to "keep looking".

99.9% of the time, a nippy horse is caused exclusively by the handler. Some horses are more prone to it, but you can keep them respectful through consistent training; no handfed treats, adamant about respecting personal space, etc.

I have a colt that I raised that is a nippy personality. If I slack off on correcting it, he gets worse, but if I stay consistent, then he only tries me occasionally and completely quits after one minor correction.
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    02-01-2012, 02:11 AM
  #6
Started
My horse nipped once, a whip and lunge line later...he never ever thought about it again!
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    02-01-2012, 02:18 AM
  #7
Trained
I have a colt that was a nipper when I got him. He still flaps his lips, but after one "you dumba** I'm going to inpale this whip in your chest" he quickly stopped. (I promise I didn't really impale him...Thought about it though, mind you. Little brat. D)
     
    02-01-2012, 02:25 AM
  #8
Yearling
Whenever horses get mouthy with me, I kind of grab on to their lips and massage. No idea where I came up with this or what it has to do with anything, but they usually stop after a couple bouts. XD
     
    02-01-2012, 02:37 AM
  #9
Super Moderator
My horse used to be a nipper and in some occasions still is, but I don't regret I bought him - it's just a matter of training and we're on it with good results.
     
    02-01-2012, 02:43 AM
  #10
Weanling
I've dealt with a nipper before (and not just lightly, she really was out to get you...) but I don't tolerate any less than perfect manners, so she quickly learned that it's not okay with me. (Only saw her twice a week, but she knew I meant business... the other students used a muzzle with her)

My concern is that my mother will sometimes help out with my future horse (feeding and mucking, nothing more), and, well, she's terrified of being bitten after she received a pretty nasty bite many, many years ago. (Even today, it left her arm slightly disfigured)

So just concerned I would never be able to trust the horse around my mom. =/
     

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