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post #1 of 6 Old 11-19-2010, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Miniature Pony behaviour

We are looking at making our first mini pony purchase!

It sometimes nips and pushes. Is this normal?

How is this behaviour best corrected?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-20-2010, 07:14 PM
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I am going through this with my guy! He doesn't push but he is very nippy!

I am currently bopping his nose or mouth when he does it and telling him no biting! Not hard or anything, just a small bop! So far, it is not working! LOL But I hope it will in time!

I just got him gelded so I am hoping this will help with the nipping too! I heard that males tend to get a lot nicer once their testosterone is all gone!

Sorry, I probably wasn't much help!

Oh, on a side note! He actually started to lick my arm one time, so I am currently trying to reward him for that and saying "kisses, good boy". I am hoping that his nipping will turn into kisses!!
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-21-2010, 09:21 PM
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Do you give your mini treats from your hand ever?

None of mine are "nippy" thank goodness, but a friend of ours really had trouble with a few of their minis until I recommended that they quit giving them treats. That solved the problem almost immediately.

I have found that with nippy horses, of any size, if you give them a good firm pinch on the lip, between your thumb and finger, IMMEDIATELY when they try to bite, that seems to work very well.
I just prefer not to use a pop, smack, slap of any kind just to prevent them from becoming hand shy....

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post #4 of 6 Old 11-21-2010, 10:03 PM
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SLCS-I have been told this a few times, but it is so hard for me. I *LOVE* giving my minis treats. In fact, I give them pieces of apple or carrot AT LEAST once a day...sometimes twice. And I give it right from my hand. Now, I cannot say my minis ever nip at me, but they do seem like they only walk up to me, sniff my hand for a treat, and then walk away. Whereas some of my friends have minis that just want to hang out and enjoy their owners company. I guess minis are like kids, you just should not spoil them, huh?
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post #5 of 6 Old 11-22-2010, 02:00 PM
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Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that treating your minis is a bad thing, or that it is always the cause of nipping.
I also LOVE to occasionally feed mine apple or carrots, they love it, and I love making them happy too....

Just was wondering if it might be part of the cause in this case?

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post #6 of 6 Old 11-22-2010, 02:04 PM
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Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that treating your minis is a bad thing, or that it is always the cause of nipping.
I also LOVE to occasionally feed mine apple or carrots, they love it, and I love making them happy too....

Just was wondering if it might be part of the cause in this case?

You know, you made me stop and think about this very thing! I don't recall O So trying to nip at me before I started giving him treats!

Only thing bad is, I am training him to come to me with a ring of a bell, and giving a carrot when he does! So I really don't want to stop giving him treats!

Another thing I forgot and you reminded me of. Him becoming hand shy when I bop is mouth! I will start using your method of pinching his lip!! Good idea!! Thanks!!

My guy is going to think his name is terd! LOL Every time he tries to bite, I call him a terd! LOL
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