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Biting Horses! 3 Messages Your Biting Horse is Trying to Tell You, and What You Can Do To Avoid or Correct This Dangerous Behavior — 10 Comments

  1. Lisa, I love reading your articles about horses. Every time I learn something new. I agree with you – Horses are playful creatures by nature and we have to look after them well. Thanks for your tips!

  2. Thanks for the really nice article! one thing I have found out after years of being with horses , is to always keep your mind in there with them and be reading their signs. Not a time to be an air head, or have your mind on some thing else.
    I have used the 3 sec rule a few times! My herd respects me , but I earn it every day.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have a friend in Belgium who does similar communication work with horses and I take my hat off to you.  Fascinating work, absolutely uncanny.  However, I know what my position would be in a herd of two, just a horse and me.  And it wouldn't be #1.   😉

  4. i would love that photo for above my living room couch  How can i purchase it?

    • Hi Maureen,

      You can contact Val using the contact information that she’s provided in the article.  She’s the one that provided both the article and photo and would be able to tell you how to obtain a copy of the photo. 



    • hi Maureen did u manage to get this photo- as i would also like it- been lookign for it for months. Can you let me know please, thank you

  5. Hi, I don't have quite the issue that the last lady had. I bought this horse in july of this year. I noticed that he has tried to bite me a few times especially while grooming, and occasionally while standing at the fence with him. I have learned to slap him and yell no and he usually does pretty well. He has never been able to actually bite me. On the other hand he has bitten my husband on 2 different ocassions. He is almost afraid to go around him anymore. Today I had my granddaughter out and he has only tried to nip at her in the past. But today she was on one side of him and I was on the other side of him, she started brushing him and next thing I know he bit through all of her clothes and had her off the ground hanging on to her back with his teeth. I literally had to keep beating him and yelling before he finally released her. I can't trust him with her anymore and now it it making me afraid to try and even handle him. He does fantastic under saddle. Lights up when he sees me bringing the saddle. He is almost 17 years old. The only background I have on him is he was a 4 – H horse in his younger years. I spoke with his last owner and she said she just never bonded with the horse. She had him approximately two years.  She sold him to another lady before myself and I understood he bit the lady and her daughter. She only had him for 2 months.  when I met him he seemed like a really nice horse. I rode him on two different ocassions before I decided to buy him. Like I said he is like dr. Jeckell and Mr.  Hyde, Jeckell under saddle and Hyde when sometimes being groomed.  Please help me get a handle on this. At this point I am ready to sell him. Thanks for listening. Debbie

    • Hi Debbie,

      I know exactly what you are going through!  My gelding, Tex, was EXACTLY the same way.  This is a VERY dangerous behavior and it is imperative to get a handle on it ASAP.  This is a leadership/respect issue and no matter how much you send him to other people, the problem will persist with each new person he encounters, as he will test the waters.  Respect doesn’t transfer to people, it is directly established by each person.  Tex bit my husband so hard in the back that it left marks for months and he bit my daughter right on the nose just for standing next to him.  He was a VERY dominant horse, but was not leader of the herd.  He was actually at the bottom of the herd.  But he didn’t see us as leaders and so he just did what he would do to test “lower” herd members.  First and foremost, always protect your personal space.  A lead mare would NEVER let a horse come into her personal space without doing something about it.  You can invite him in, but he can’t just come into your space.  If he’s out of your personal space, he can’t get close enough to bite.  When addressing a dominant horse, always address the front end.  Maybe whenever you are interacting with him for now, it would be best to always have him on a line with a strong heavy snap.  That way if he pins his ears at you or tries to bite/invade your space you can firmly bump his nose using the lead rope.  I would highly recommend that you find a Parelli instructor in your area to help you learn good solid leadership and communication skills with your horse while at the same time keeping you safe.  Christi Rains (http://www.christirains.com) is my own Parelli instructor and has helped me SO much with my horses.  Tex was an extreme challenge, but after learning the proper skills and establishing how the leader of our herd was, he never offered to bite again and we had a great relationship…able to do wonderful things at Liberty in the pasture.  I hope this provides you with some insight of steps to take.  Most important of all is to keep you and your family safe! 



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