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post #1 of 22 Old 12-21-2013, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Please Help Me!

Hello horse people,
I'm new to this website, and sort of new to horses too. I've helped my neighbor with her horses before, but now I might get one of my own. A different neighbor offered me a horse for free, and he seams like a sweetheart. But today he tried to nip me twice! After I offered him some hay, he didn't do it again. Was he just hungry? Why did he do that?
My thanks,
M Wallingford

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post #2 of 22 Old 12-21-2013, 11:14 PM
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He could just want feed and has been aloud to be bossy to get it.
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post #3 of 22 Old 12-22-2013, 12:18 AM
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I doubt it's something a little discipline provided by you couldn't fix.
If that's his only personality floor your doing well ha ha.
Like was mentioned some horses are pushy at feed time you just have to be strict about it it corrects fairly quickly
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post #4 of 22 Old 12-22-2013, 12:29 AM
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You shouldn't be giving your whole name on the internet...

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that's true, don't give your whole name . I have editted it down.
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post #5 of 22 Old 12-22-2013, 06:24 PM
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Horses are herd animals. Either you're in charge of them or they're in charge of you. Ever watch a herd of horses out in the pasture? It's the best way to learn about them in my opinion.

I have a 6 year old who just is a nippy little thing. I can smack him for it and he'll try it again a few seconds later. It's a game to him but he never actually puts his teeth on me.

Some people do not believe in smacking a horse to reprimand them but if any of mine offer to bit of kick you can bet they're getting a smack. Watch a horse in the pasture they'll do the same thing so it's not being mean to my horse it's just communicating how he understands it.

My guess is this horse wanted the food you had and tried to nip at you to get it. he nipped you, you gave him hay. He thinks you're a pretty well trained human. Make sure you don't feed him right away when he does it next time or it'll probably just get worse.

Also be very very careful when someone offers you a free horse. Get him vet checked and bring along a friend or relative who really knows about horses so they can ride him as well to figure out all his kinks. No matter how perfect a horse seems they all have their little quirks.

A free horse could have medical problems, it could be a big handful of behavioral problems, or on few occasions you may get lucky and get a good free horse. I have yet to see that happen though.

But I wish you the very best and welcome to the horse world! It's a crazy fun ride.
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post #6 of 22 Old 12-22-2013, 08:05 PM
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As a beginner its going to be very easy for you to end up with a dangerous horse that was once sweet.

Please get a trainer, board someplace where you can get help or pass on the horse.
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post #7 of 22 Old 12-22-2013, 08:08 PM
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Horses are ALWAYS hungry, they are meant to graze but that's absolutely no excuse for nipping you.

You will need to lean how to handle a horse because if you don't know how even the nicest horse will be all over you (in a bad way). I'd take some horsemanship courses, lessons and try to get someone more experienced or a trainer to help you. Horse ownershi will be MUCH more enjoyable that way.
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post #8 of 22 Old 12-22-2013, 08:37 PM
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Please....take many lessons with a professional trainer before you get any horse, free or not. There may be a good reason this horse is free. Learn to handle and care for horses before you get one.
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post #9 of 22 Old 12-22-2013, 09:05 PM
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He may be spoiled, he may be stubborn, or he may just want his food!
But one thing is that you want him to respect you.
Make sure to do lots of groundwork when you work with him. Parelli groundwork is great for earning respect, getting to nkow your horse, and getting a better bond. You can find great videos on youtube.
good luck!

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post #10 of 22 Old 12-23-2013, 02:22 PM
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I would avoid "free" horse until you get a lot more experience. No one gives away a well trained, sound, beginner safe and dependable horse. The general rule is that free horses are project horses. In fact, anything under 1000$ is generally a project horse.

Before you get a horse, get a trainer and take some lessons. If you're asking these sorts of questions, you are not ready for your own horse. Even after you get some experience, get your trainer to look at horses with you. All of this will take time, and money, but you will avoid getting hurt or ripped off.
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