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post #11 of 32 Old 10-14-2013, 07:36 AM
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My trainer looked at me for a good long moment with the oddest expression on her face and walked into the tack room.
She probably walked in the tack room so she could have a good laugh without anyone seeing it.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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post #12 of 32 Old 10-14-2013, 07:40 AM
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You did exactly what the "lead mare" of the herd would of done...Demanded Respect and now have it...don't lose it!!
Your weight and strength compared to the horse...inconsequential... your response though was perfect at that exact moment!

Not so weird... just think about what happens to any horse, wild or domestic in a herd situation...leader and follower... you chose the path for the horse to now take.

I don't think I would of liked a entire mouth of fur, hair & dirt... but can't be much worse than when they are shedding and it gets you full-face with your mouth open ... you just spit-out hair for a while!
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post #13 of 32 Old 10-14-2013, 07:46 AM
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Oh gosh.. Hair in mouth, I don't fare well with that so I just stick with the elbow or slap as a consequence. Honestly when I first read your thread I thought there was a typo and you meant to say hit.. Until I read the responses ;) I would have liked to see this. I'll bet your horse will never try that on you again!
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post #14 of 32 Old 10-14-2013, 08:11 AM
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I can't say I've ever bit a horse back..but I did tear a ligament from one of my knuckles punching a horse that bit at me, LOL. Thankfully I've been quicj enough to react to the threat before it was actually carried through :p
But I honestly can't understand why everyone in my area swears I abuse my horses because I get them back when they try to kick or bite me. My barn owner even thought I was wrong for kicking my mare when she kicked at me! She just barely missed me and it shocked her when I kicked her right back! I'm sure it was uncomfortable and hurt for a minute getting booted in the gut, but she hasn't offered to kick again. Sometimes it has to be an actual kick and not a whip, otherwise they wait until you don't have the offending object near. I thought I fixed it with the whip, but when it happened and I had nothing else on my but myself, I know I fixed it now, lol.
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post #15 of 32 Old 10-14-2013, 08:15 AM
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Abuse? Nah!


My old gelding bit my side and pinned me. I socked him in the side of the face and he didn't let go, so I picked up a broom and hit him once to let go, and again to back the hell away from me. I was so angry, I only saw red. He would have had another beat too if a school lesson hadn't just finished. Never, ever bit me again. The bruise was a beauty though ;)
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post #16 of 32 Old 10-14-2013, 08:17 AM
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I have broken more foals from biting that I can count. I just wait until they reach out and grab something, doesn't need to be me it can be my shirt or jacket, and I chomp right down on them. I prefer to be able to get them on the nose, because you get less hair and dirt in your mouth and you can use less bite to get more reaction, so no loss of my teeth.

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LOL I'm glad to knowim not the only one! And I had whopped him in the face at least three times previously but apparantly not hard enough. I can't really get a lot of force behind my punches as I weigh a whopping 114. It's like a musquoito bite to him, lol. And he offered to kick me ONCE but I clobbered him with a quart of hoof oil. It obviously worked because he's never kicked me!
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LOL I'm glad to knowim not the only one! And I had whopped him in the face at least three times previously but apparantly not hard enough. I can't really get a lot of force behind my punches as I weigh a whopping 114. It's like a musquoito bite to him, lol. And he offered to kick me ONCE but I clobbered him with a quart of hoof oil. It obviously worked because he's never kicked me!
LOL! It WORKS. My husband is one who just hates to be assertive, especially with the young horses, so a couple have gotten pushy at feeding time. One actually ran beside the tractor and then jumped in front of it and caved in the front end. Horse was fine. So, I gave him a whip and told him to nail anyone who came within 3 feet of the tractor or food trailer. Yeah. I have swatted a chicken harder than he got those girls. So, I took the tractor and all the empty feed buckets and every time they got into the 3 ft space, I threw a bucket at them, HARD. Then next feeding, I had the whip and let them run into the whip a few times. AMAZING......they now stay away from the tractor and they don't seem to be any harder to catch or less enjoying of the rub they get when they're good.

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I've done the same thing and so has friend. Those horse's don't bit anymore(;
You're not alone!
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post #20 of 32 Old 10-14-2013, 09:18 AM
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I've only bitten a couple of horses and it's usually because I didn't have many other options and had to think fast.

There was a gelding when I was in high school who was a complete brute. He knew he was much bigger than people and usually got away with murder from his owners. He would bite every time you went to saddle him unless you demanded respect first. Well when you have a saddle pad in one hand and a saddle in the other, your options for retaliation are limited. I got him good on his shoulder a few times. Man, I've never known a horse I'd be happier seeing him shipped off for dog food.
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