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    07-29-2013, 08:21 PM
  #11
Weanling
I never had to hit my horse but a good hard lip twist did the trick. Don't wait for them to bite you, set up the situation and be ready to react quickly. I lip twist and back them up quickly. Umm...these horses are therapy horses???
     
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    07-29-2013, 08:25 PM
  #12
Banned
Just a note here - be very very careful what you do to a horse while you're leading it with a child on its back. It could end up in a wreck for the child. Quite honestly in any other situation when a horse bit me it would get a wake up call, however with a child aboard and horses being as unpredictable as they are I wouldn't attempt to deal with this issue while in a lead lesson. Just for the safety of the child.
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    07-29-2013, 08:28 PM
  #13
Foal
I do think her girth was a bit too tight, AND the other volunteer I was working with didn't loosen her girth when she put her back into her stall which I was not happy with. The people at this place don't seem to care too much about proper saddle fit, I think they're more concerned about the child falling off and cost of saddles etc so they tighten everything up as much as possible. The horse was fine from like 8:30-11ish, and then started getting upset so I think it was just she was sick of being ridden probably.

Yes, I am aware that these horses were probably lovely until they came to this barn and had to deal with a different person all the time and riders who can't really control their bodies due to different disabilities, etc.

I would love to come out and work with this horse more however this barn doesn't seem to really care. The instructor was right there when this horse bit me, and all she said to do was hold her tighter which didn't make much sense to me. If I hit the horse I'm pretty sure they'll kick me out of there in no time, and they already seem to not like me (just a feeling, maybe they always look angry).

The place isn't open to the public so I don't think I can ride their horses or anything, but once the volunteer coordinator gets back from vacation I will definitely speak with her, as she is 10x nicer about the whole thing. But I make sure to pet this horse and encourage the kids to pet their horses as well to reward her.
     
    07-29-2013, 08:28 PM
  #14
Weanling
No I would never do anything with a child on the horse. Maybe the horses should be wearing something over their mouths somehow?? So they don't bite the leader.
     
    07-29-2013, 08:29 PM
  #15
Foal
Aha exactly my thoughts, the first horse that bites me and it's at a therapy barn... alrighty then.
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    07-29-2013, 11:04 PM
  #16
Super Moderator
I apologize that I did not read the whole thread before this reply.
You cannot do the necessary "training" with a child aboard. There could be too much 'rumpus' and unseat a vulnerable child. Training as described by others must be done before, in spare time, and the resident trainer should describe how she wants this problem dealt with, and take care of it before a child is put aboard.
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    07-29-2013, 11:09 PM
  #17
Foal
Yea :/ I messaged the volunteer coordinator explaining that a horse bit me and if she has any advice so we'll see what she comes up with. Other than that I don't think there's much I can do in this situation. Thanks for all your help though guys! (: Lots of great advice that I will definitely keep in mind
     
    07-30-2013, 03:57 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Flicking lead rope at face is not good idea if someone is on horse. Could cause that kid to fall off.

I would keep index finger laying along lead rope and if horse moves towards you, take fingernail and lightly press into cheek. I do this as a matter of course anyway when leading, to keep horse at distance I choose. And can also turn hand so that thumbnail can be used the same way. I never make any major movements when correcting something like this as I want horse to feel as if it is correcting itself rather than me doing it.

I would also be wondering if horse has issues with saddle placement, girth being too tight or saddle not fitting right.
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    07-30-2013, 05:33 PM
  #19
Foal
Update, the horse didn't bite me today yaay. I think the only reason is because we took the lead rope off to allow the kids a bit of steering by themselves, so I wasn't as close to her today. Today I held the clip near the bottom and used it to keep her away from me, and it also directed her and kept her moving forward. She definitely has some issues with her girth. The people there tighten it like a bajillion times and I don't even know how it gets any tighter. The first day in the morning putting the girth on she was fine, but after that we have to hold her head because she tries to turn and bite. I thought I saw some white hairs today, one of the signs of something wrong, however it might have just been paint as a lot of the paint doesnt wash off sometimes.
     
    07-30-2013, 06:54 PM
  #20
Showing
The horse is tired of hauling kids around - same old, same old routine.
     

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