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post #11 of 16 Old 03-05-2012, 07:06 PM
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Can I ask if he ever gets treats from you or any one else at the barn?
If he does that might be a good place to start, my friends minis ALL nipped fingers and hands, really bad....
I told them to quite with the treats, completely, and with in a week there was no more nipping happening.
Don't think that would do anything for the tail biting though.....

Good luck with this issue, let us know how things go, and what ends up working for you.

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post #12 of 16 Old 03-05-2012, 07:25 PM
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I've been taught the only time you EVER hit a horse is when they bite or kick. My friends horse bites and immediately stops once he sees your hand. Though he's not headshy. There's also a horse at my barn that pins his ears and bites when you walk past his stall(its an open top stall door) but we immediately cut him off from treats and he's gotten better. The poor kids were terrified of him.
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post #13 of 16 Old 03-06-2012, 02:42 AM
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I second the smack in the mouth/jaw and the dressage whip. I had one that liked to bite and try to shove, he got a pop in the chest from the whip and within a couple months he was completely over the biting and running over people issues.

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post #14 of 16 Old 03-08-2012, 06:35 PM
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If a horse bits you there is a 3 second window to correct the behavior. I lay into them HARD for that same 3 seconds. Then I quit. You need to establish that you are the head of the herd. He does not respect you. I would also work him in a round pen or on a lunge line. Make him move when you want him to move. Don't let him turn in towards you until you allow it. Watch for him to drop his head while lunging and start licking his lips. This is him starting to submit to you. Keep up this training and not only will he respect you but he will be in good shape too :) I've had to do this with my mini mare who would rear up at people and turn her butt towards them. Now she's an angel. Just needed some direction as to who was in charge. Good luck.

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post #15 of 16 Old 03-13-2012, 07:36 PM
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Do you work him? I'm in 4-H and my club does miniture horses and my leader we have one nippy mini and when he tries to nip we halt him and immediately shake the rope hard to get his attention and back him up.
You could try parelli training, we do that with are horses and it has helped a lot.

There is one training manuever that is specifically designed to get the horse to move away from you.

I hope everything works out for you.
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post #16 of 16 Old 03-30-2012, 05:21 PM
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My mini mare tried to nip my leg and just by instinct I smacked her super hard on the side of her face and it didn't make her head shy at all instead she stood there in shock and has not done it since! It's not good to smack them alot or they will get head shy, they just har to know that it is unacceptable behavior to do that!
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