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post #11 of 14 Old 09-05-2013, 05:46 AM
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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.
And that's a good thing! You don't want her to bite, so non biting days are victories.

Don't take this backwards and look for the opportunity to nail her hard when she tries. Don't expect it, and then if she tries stop her attempt mid lurch.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #12 of 14 Old 09-05-2013, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, definitely a good thing Sky! Her head would slowly start turning then we would make eye contact and back it would go to the front. I unfortunately had fallen into the habit like I think a lot of people do and found the naughty things that she did funny since she is so small - hence she got away with a lot. But no more!
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My little stud went through a bitey period. He loves to lick but just couldn't resist biting. So I'd let him lick my hand while keeping my other balled up fist a few inches under his chin. When his teeth touched me up the fist would come underneath his mouth and knock his teeth together. It didn't take long for him to stop. Best thing is he couldn't see that hand so has no idea what made his mouth slam shut like that.

Every other approach he could see it coming and shy away. Or he would try the old nip and dash. This was perfect. I could set him up for it and correct him every time.
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-03-2013, 12:13 AM
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I think if you decide in advance it's in any horse's best interest to be well trained and safe to be around that you can feel good about those tough love moments. Its much better to have a big whack back session once than 100 taps and scolds. That's almost like reinforcing the biting. You never know when you might have to find a new home for your biter and I'm guessing he would be a hard sale so grit your teeth and go to zero tolerance mode asap. When my full-sized gelding started getting mouthy that's when I introduced the idea of having something inside of his mouth. (pre-bit training) and he never moved to nipping. I would hold a bamboo pole and let him mouth it. Young horses are kind of surprised to have something in their mouth and forget all about getting nippy. With your horse just knowing that you have a strong plan of action will likely stop the biting. Your horse probably can sense your resolve.
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