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teagan

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teagan says:

How do I stop my pony from biting?

How do I stop my pony from biting? He is great if he has his haynet with him. However, if I'm in the stable with him and he doesn't have his haynet, he won't leave me alone. He does it even more if you come over to his stable to say Hello.

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tango19

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tango19 says:

Re: How do I stop my pony from biting?

my shet was naughty for biting when i got him because he had always been fed treats out of peoples hands so when i got him i stoped giving him anything by hand any feed or treats went in a bucket this also helped with the mob like behaviour whenever i went in with him all he wanted was a treat also whenever he would nip i said a firm "NO" and pointed my finger at him i never hit him i didnt want to scare him just make him jump a bit to distract him as soon as he was nicehe would get a fuss basically only reward good behaviour

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teagan

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teagan says:

RE: How do I stop my pony from biting? He is great if he has his haynet with him. However, if I'm in the stable with him and he doesn't have his haynet, he won't leave me alone. He does it even more if you come over to his stable to say Hello.

thank you ill give it a try x

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123Spice321

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123Spice321 says:

RE: How do I stop my pony from biting? He is great if he has his haynet with him. However, if I'm in the stable with him and he doesn't have his haynet, he won't leave me alone. He does it even more if you come over to his stable to say Hello.

My pony can be quite bitey if you let him -  i found that flapping your arm or whatever part of your body he is going for is a good deterrent -  not actually hitting him of course, but then if he runs into your hand, or elbow or whatever, then he thinks it's his fault if you keep moving it after he's "crashed into it". If he gets agressive though, maybe not such a good plan - my pony certainly isn't agressive, just cheeky :).

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skydancer

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skydancer says:

RE: How do I stop my pony from biting? He is great if he has his haynet with him. However, if I'm in the stable with him and he doesn't have his haynet, he won't leave me alone. He does it even more if you come over to his stable to say Hello.

Hi

The first thing to do is stop feeding treats (if u r) and only give treats in your ponys feed. My horse can be quite snappy so what i do is shout a firm NO and if this doesnt work i show w my teeth and advannce towards her if this doesnt work i blow a loud raspberry(she hates this). As a final deterent if all less fails i have a friend who pinches her horses nose.

 

Hope some of thhis is some help - let us know how you get on x 

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stephbound

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stephbound says:

RE: How do I stop my pony from biting?

This is brilliant advice, ive been desperately trying to work out why my ex RSPCA horse has been biting as ive not long had her. This has provided the perfect explanation as everywhere else just suggested she was naughty and aggressive which she most deffinately isnt. thanks

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showing123x

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showing123x says:

RE: How do I stop my pony from biting?

stop treats (  u can put them in his feed )  walk away from him nudge him away use a stirn voice!

Holly lamont

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robertlove

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robertlove says:

RE: How do I stop my pony from biting?

dont feed him any hand treats. use a tone of voice with him that is dominant and get and do some join up. he is trying to dominate you and be in your space and disrespect you.

clmoore

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MandM353

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MandM353 says:

RE: How do I stop my pony from biting?

Hi, I am having the same problem with my horse. I have been asking people and looking it up, and alot of people are saying that is he full out bites you (not just a nibble) bite him back by pinching his lip. not to hard but enough to let him know its not allowed.

Hope i helped!:)

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Lothmorwel

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Lothmorwel says:

RE: How do I stop my pony from biting?

Stop feeding him by hand. He knows he can intimidate you by biting and he needs to learn to stop it.

Don't hit his nose when he does it, it will make him headshy. Don't let him get close enough to bite you. As he gets near, do a little jerky star-jump. He should back off. Repeat this when he comes near. Do different movements, make weird noises. Make him not want to come over and bite you. Don't freak him out to the point of being scared of you, but just put him off.

If he does nip then very quickly after he's done it, give him a little kick in the front if the leg - don't kick the sides as horses have delicate splint boned that are easily damaged, his 'shin' bone is sturdy though. Even better, as he goes to bite you - kick him then, do it as he's thinking about biting you. He will learn to associate biting you with being kicked and should not want to bite any more. Your timing must be excellent for this to work properly. Don't be worried about hurting him - imagine the kick he'd get from another horse if he bit them?! This isn't advocating beating your yourse, it's using his own tactics against him.

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beryl

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beryl says:

RE: How do I stop my pony from biting?

 Excellent advise; my mare has been a problem this year as she's developed sweetitch on top of laminitis & she's been a real monkey having her sweetitch blanket put on, lashing out when i do up the elastic legstraps & biting when i do up or undo the bib that comes up between her front legs to cover her chest!

 

she is a very dominant mare, she won't do it if she has the Dually halter on cos she doesn't like being schooled but watch out if she doesn't!!!

 

The only problem with the bumping the front leg or wherever, is they can be very clever & move it out of the way so you miss them, but they still get you!!  

 

The difficult bit is keeping your adrenelin down of course!

"Nothing Forced is Beautiful" "The Welfare & Comfort of the Horse First"

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