Today was my first day volunteering at a therapy camp where lots of little children are. I was expecting it to be a piece of cake, just leading a horse around while a kid sits on their back. The horses must have to go through some sort of screening process I assume in order to be eligible to be in this facility. However, a lot of the horses there were nasty. Lots of kickers and biters that I was not expecting.
I was leading a horse and tried to make her walk faster, as she was quite lazy. I tugged on the lead rope a bit, and the child was instructed to squeeze her sides. And then this horse turns her head and before I know it her teeth are clamped down onto my arm. I shouted "OW!" as I was definitely NOT expecting this. I was so startled that I just kept walking. However, later on when my helper was brushing off her legs, she kept turning and trying to bite.
I have never been bitten, kicked, bucked etc before this day, and I do not want this to change my opinion of horses because I love them. When leading this horse or any horse that bites, what should I do when she bites? I do not want to hurt the horse in any way, but I also do not want this horse to take advantage of me. Please help! Thanks (: