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post #1 of 20 Old 09-06-2016, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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when im riding my horse he almost always stops and turns around to bite my boots on b

I need help on how to correct this, he tries to nibble a lot but I think it's just a bad habit and also cause he's young still. When I get onto ride him he always tries to walk away but that's another bad habit, when I get on him he walks around fine and stretches but as soon as I ask him to trot he'll stop and pin his ears bsck and turn around and bit my leg and I ask him to move toward and he'll bit the other side, I push him with my boot everyone he does but I don't know what I can do to stop it. If anyone knows how to help please comment thank you(:
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post #2 of 20 Old 09-06-2016, 03:39 PM
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Have you had a vet out? That sounds like a pain issue.
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Doesn't sound like pain to me, sounds like a habit, so two options,

First, when he does it give him a good crack in the face with your foot...the aim is NOT to hurt him, but neither should a be a love tap, a good solid bang

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Carry a crop and when he does it give him one heck of a crack on the neck.

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It can be a pain issue, but also that he is on top of you. Age is no excuse for bad habits. I assume he nibbles in all situations, or just when wearing a tack/while tacking up? Does he walk away when you are mounting?
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No I have not, I was thinking about that too but he doesn't seem to be pinched by the saddle it could be his teeth too possibly? I'm not sure I'll definitely have a vet come and look at him
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Doesn't sound like pain to me, sounds like a habit, so two options,

First, when he does it give him a good crack in the face with your foot...the aim is NOT to hurt him, but neither should a be a love tap, a good solid bang

or

Carry a crop and when he does it give him one heck of a crack on the neck.

Okaaayy thank you so much ! (:
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It can be a pain issue, but also that he is on top of you. Age is no excuse for bad habits. I assume he nibbles in all situations, or just when wearing a tack/while tacking up? Does he walk away when you are mounting?
Yes he nibbles a lot when I'm watering him he'll stick his head over and I'll be petting him n he'll try and nip, it's not aggressive just being playful but how can I stop him of that? & yes he walks away when mounting because his old owner is a charro rider
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@dannysboygrace No I have not, I was thinking about that too but he doesn't seem to be pinched by the saddle it could be his teeth too possibly? I'm not sure I'll definitely have a vet come and look at him
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Walking off when mounting will become worse if it is not corrected soon. It depends on the horse for the solution. If he is a nervous type, then practice approaching, then back away without mounting several times until he is okay with it. Then flap the stirrups around until that's good. Place a foot in the stirrup, or even just raise your leg, and just practice all the parts to mounting separately without mounting untilhe is okay with it. Or, you might try doing some groundwork exercises to help him to think and not react. If he is a lazier type, then I would make him work on the ground, and rest near you for him to realize that it is easier to hold still than to be silly.

Turning and biting when asking for a trot could be either a respect issue, or a pain issue. If he has just recently started doing this or does it at a walk also, it is likely a pain issue. If not, then one would assume it to be a respect issue. When he turns to bite, bump him with your foot to make it uncomfortable. Do it hard enough that it won't happen again, not just push him away. Keep pressing and asking him to move forward, and steadily increase the pressure. If he still refuses to move, spank him with a crop or a spanker, immediately release all pressure once he begins trotting. However, don't release until he trots, keep spanking if necessary.

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Walking off when mounting will become worse if it is not corrected soon. It depends on the horse for the solution. If he is a nervous type, then practice approaching, then back away without mounting several times until he is okay with it. Then flap the stirrups around until that's good. Place a foot in the stirrup, or even just raise your leg, and just practice all the parts to mounting separately without mounting untilhe is okay with it. Or, you might try doing some groundwork exercises to help him to think and not react. If he is a lazier type, then I would make him work on the ground, and rest near you for him to realize that it is easier to hold still than to be silly.

Turning and biting when asking for a trot could be either a respect issue, or a pain issue. If he has just recently started doing this or does it at a walk also, it is likely a pain issue. If not, then one would assume it to be a respect issue. When he turns to bite, bump him with your foot to make it uncomfortable. Do it hard enough that it won't happen again, not just push him away. Keep pressing and asking him to move forward, and steadily increase the pressure. If he still refuses to move, spank him with a crop or a spanker, immediately release all pressure once he begins trotting. However, don't release until he trots, keep spanking if necessary.

Okaayy great thank you so much! He's lazy and nervous , I will definitely try that, I also noticed that when I did bump him when he'd try to bit me he seemed to get more irritated. I think it's a respect issue
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