Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
• Horses: 0
So, Brown horse has a cinching/nipping problem. Only when cinched, and I've been working on him with it. He has gotten better, however, I was standing next to him helping to saddle him, and someone was doing his cinch. I was watching Brown, and he was watching me. I could tell he was thinking about nipping, his lips were twitching, lip was crooked his tell tale signs he is going to do it.
Then... He turns his head to the other side where no one is at, and nips at the air. Afterwards, he's all gravy, and we can get started.
He knows better that he can't nip me, because every time he gets told off. He and I have a pretty good understanding about things and he doesn't pull half as many stunts as he does to other riders on the ground.
Other reactions are him swinging his head up and down during cinching, at least when I'm doing it.
It feels like he really wants to bite, but reacts in other ways so as not to get reprimanded. He has a white spot (solid sorrel) on his girthing area, from previous ownership, which explains why he is so nasty about cinching.
Anywho, I was wondering, is this normal? Should it be reprimanded, or let it be so long as he doesn't make any attempts?
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