Originally Posted by Spirithorse
The key is to figure out WHY the horse is biting....
Ah... I am seeing this is definitely the key... what I began to suspect as I thought on this issue further. It sounds like 95%, if not more, of the instances of biting/nipping can be fixed by finding the underlying reason of the biting and acting as necessary.
Funny. Sounds like common sense plays an important role too!
Thank you all for your responses. I am learning a ton from reading these and look forward to being around the horse that's nipped me in the past so I can address the issue as necessary. She's not my horse, which makes it slightly more difficult (I volunteer at a local therapeutic riding center and groom and often lead the horses during lessons). The mare is probably what you'd consider a right brain extrovert most of the time. But I can see that several of the nips have been my own fault because I wasn't paying attention like I should have been and could easily have blocked her.
Another thing I'm learning is that no one method is going to work 100% of the time on every horse. Which is why I'm glad I'm attempting to learn from as many NH trainers as possible.
BTW... is John Lyons considered a NH trainer? I was told he was traditional, but I see him online as NH.