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How do you break a young horse from biting?

Rick_kenschelbia Asks:

I have a young horse that bites. What can I do to correct the problem?

Our Trainer Answers:

Biting is a dangerous behavior and must be dealt with. Young horses are much easier to break of biting than an aged horse. Generally a young horse is not trying to hurt you, this is just the behavior that they display in playing with their herd mates. Here is how I deal with a young horse. When your colt puts his lips on you, you can guarantee that the next thing to happen is a nip, so do not allow him to ever put his mouth on you. When he does, smack him on the lower jaw (chin) with either your hand or the snap end of the lead rope. The most important part of this lesson is that he doesn't see you smack him. Do not slap at his face, as this will only cause him to become "head-shy". If you are consistent in reprimanding his biting behavior, soon it will cease.

Thank You and Happy Trails!

Christy Mellington