How do you stop a mini from biting? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 14 Old 09-01-2013, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
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How do you stop a mini from biting?

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I have owned my mini mare for a year and a half and we have made good progress with some of her bad habits like being disrespectful to lead and kicking when you touch her anywhere near her belly.

But the one habit I am stuck on is her desire to bite whenever she gets a chance. She has never actually bitten me but have had some close calls and I have to be very vigilant when she is getting her feet done to make sure she doesn't take a chunk out of my farrier.

I have tried making her move, like backing her up quickly but that's not always easy especially when she is tethered. Growling or putting my elbow out to push her head back works, but not for long. At some point soon I may sell her and get a second riding horse and I would really like to break this habit first.
Any tips would be great as I have never dealt with a biter in my years of riding. Thanks
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-01-2013, 03:10 AM
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Every time she tries get ahold of her nose/lip and pinch as hard as you can.
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post #3 of 14 Old 09-03-2013, 11:54 PM
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Quit nagging at her when she bites and just give her a good wallop on the nose and continue on with whatever you're doing. She won't become headshy. My colt(now gelding) bit me once as a yearling, and only once. He got backhanded right across the nose and backed up a million feet. He hasn't tried it since.
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Quit nagging at her when she bites and just give her a good wallop on the nose and continue on with whatever you're doing. She won't become headshy. My colt(now gelding) bit me once as a yearling, and only once. He got backhanded right across the nose and backed up a million feet. He hasn't tried it since.
seems to be a pretty viable way I had girl tell me she did this horse never once tried it again however her crazy tree-hugger of stable mate saw and gave her a half hour lecture on abuse

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I'd smack her so hard she'd sit down like a dog. Whenever my foals try out their teeth that's what they get, right across the nose/mouth and they rarely bite twice.
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seems to be a pretty viable way I had girl tell me she did this horse never once tried it again however her crazy tree-hugger of stable mate saw and gave her a half hour lecture on abuse
LOL! Tree hugger would be talking to the air, I'd walk off mid-lecture, actually mid-sentence.

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I have been struggling with the whole hit/don't hit issue but maybe its worth a go, I have smacked her on the muzzle before but it usually didn't stop her for long so must not have bothered her too much. I was concerned about making her head-shy but after stuffing around with trying to hold a nail yesterday while picking her feet and having the nail in the right place at the right time maybe its time for some tough love!
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If you tried it once before, and it didn't work, you didn't do it hard enough.

An unruly youngster nips the lead mare. That youngster will have a chunk taken out of its side.

A good old whack will put her brain back between her ears. After, just carry on with whatever you were doing.
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post #9 of 14 Old 09-04-2013, 12:17 PM
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If you tried it once before, and it didn't work, you didn't do it hard enough.

An unruly youngster nips the lead mare. That youngster will have a chunk taken out of its side.

A good old whack will put her brain back between her ears. After, just carry on with whatever you were doing.
Exactly! Don't get mad (hard I know when she's just given you a good pinch), just take care of business and move right on.

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Heh, its like she could read my mind today - I was waiting the whole time I groomed her for her to have a go and she never did.
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