Horse Training : How to Stop a Horse From Biting & Ear-Pinning
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Horse Training : How to Stop a Horse From Biting & Ear-Pinning

October 31, 2019


If your horse has a biting problem, it’s definitely
a very serious issue to take care of. The first thing you need to make sure is that
you always reprimand the horse every time it bites, so that it’s very consistent, so
the horse starts to understand that that’s unacceptable behavior. So if my horse is to
bite me; and here he sort of nipped; if he actually was more aggressive about it, I would
smack him on the nose. And anything just to get his attention and make him know that that’s
not okay. If he was to actually bite me, I would yell, smack him, do whatever it takes
to make sure the horse knows it’s absolutely not okay. If your horse has a general biting
problem, it’s a good idea not to give it hand treats, as this is just going to encourage
the horse to be mouthy and look to your hands and try and nibble them. If this problem persists
and you’re unable to get through, then you might want to seek professional help, as they
might have better techniques to help you fix your horse’s issue.

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  1. @sxyladyk lol i worked on a horse ranch for 7 yrs haha immature thats funny i didnt see anything immature about it all i said was other horse kick and bite back i didnt say not to bite it lol silly i said i wouldnt bite it on the lip for it could bite back as they do each other what a silly person u are getting all mad haha learn to read b4 u TRY to get all smart on here. and immature would be a grown woman with the name sxyladyk haha ur funny i laugh at u HAHAHA

  2. @Southrnlove1" @sxyladyk lol i hope the horse bits u on ur face when ur biting it on the lip haha" Isn't Immature?? I think you missed that part! Sorry but I wasn't being a smart was just replying to your childish comment that I posted from YOUR comment! yet again MORE stupid comments come flying from your fingers over a computer about a screen name,I don't have to defend my ways of what I have done over the 30 yrs of my life with horse's so with that go play and leave stupid comments elsewhere!

  3. @Southrnlove1 some people actually have a life and don't just play around leaving stupid comments on computers.Have a nice life

  4. @sxyladyk lol bcuz u dont think i have a life haha i have a wonderful family! The most amazing husband in the world and 2 handsome boys! And I still laugh at u for not being able to read!! U don't know how to laugh or have fun haha i clearly said LOL b4 my statement and HAHA after it it was clearly a joke. and I even stated a few times to u, u silly child, that i AGREE with the biting back but i thought it silly to bit it back on the face bcuz it could bite u as u were doing it. learn to read<<

  5. I'm just sayin it doesn't help tht the person tlkin was movin away almost everytime the horse did move his head towards her whether it was gonna bite or not so tht in its self is rewardin the horses biting and the horse wuld probs start to believe tht its the leader/more dominant 1, the horse would also b gettin release of pressure which is a reward for a horse. just my thought and observations anyway.

  6. i have a problem with my horse sime times he dosint want to go out of the stable without hit him with the rope what can i do to make him go out without hit him???

  7. Horses do worse to each other in a herd. You gotta be really fast, then STOP. It's the 3 second rule: smack, then go on about your business as if nothing happened. It's the brief suddeness of the attack that gets their attention. Saying bad boy! for 5 minutes is pointless and makes things worse. Smack, then stop.

  8. @Equestrian08 my little brother did when we were kids, our little bad mannered pony would bite him, so he bit him strait back every time. didn’t stop the little bugger biting but it sure was funny.

  9. @WelshCobLover sorry i didn't meant like viciously abuse it… its just incase he actually bites you and won't let go. don't mistreat the animal

  10. You've got 3 seconds to react after you are bitten…I prefer not to hit in the face i've seen many horses become headshy from this but I will if I have to. Usually i'm give a nice chest smack, scream "NO!!!!!!" in his face and give his halter a nice yank.

  11. These videos are great, but the "narrators" always seem so nervous when talking!! Great videos and tips though:)

  12. i never hit my horse EVER but i think it is okay to tap them on the nose or move them back when they bite. YOU SHOULD NEVER TEACH A HORSE THROUGH FEAR.

  13. Kick them in the shins. Works every time. They bite you, you turn around and give em a big boot. Tried it on all my horses and they don't even open their mouth at me.

  14. Horses only become headshy if they can see no reason or cause for the hit to the face. Where the horse can predict the smack on the nose and simply avoid the behaviour that causes the smack they understand the link and simply stop biting. Unless the reason they're biting is stronger than avoiding a smack. Obviously, if you go around whacking your horse on the head for no reason they can't predict it and toss their head around just in case.

  15. before you go to pet him and you know he is gunna whip around and try to nip you put your elbow up and point it to his head so when he trys it, it gives him a good thump to teeth and after he does that a few time he sees that if he turns and trys to bite he will hit something and the horse wont think your hitting him he will thin its as almost as theres a wall there or something

  16. but lemon juice on your hand or any strong citrus and when they try to bit, put your hand in front of them and they will back off.

  17. my pony dosent bite he just nips he does tht funny thing with his top lip i still tell him of but he thinks its a joke and rises head !!!!!

  18. are u sure that is a good thing to do?? will it make them scared of u? cuz im havin a prob with biting! :/

  19. Right, this video surely is a joke? I've never heard anything so appalling in my entire life. How about we string you up tethered to two ropes so your head movement is restricted and see how you feel when someone starts beating you over the head. You seriously have no idea how to gain a horses trust. Ever thought of asking why the horse is biting you in the first place? No, well there is a surprise.

  20. Try training your horse instead of beating it up and you may gain its respect and understanding. Your really just showing people how to bully animals. I have successfully trained many horses not to bite or nip a human. Perhaps your a classic example of the frustrated horse handler that thinks beating a horse into submission is the only acceptable method of training a horse? Either way, in this video you have clearly demonstrated one thing. A CLEAR LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF HORSES.

  21. They wont be afraid of you, they will be afraid of biting you. It helped me, but it really depends on the horse. You just kick them hard enough so that they get the message.

  22. I am certantly not and recomend that no one hit or screams at their horse as they can get scared and after a while not want u to touch them especially not thier face just gently but firmly say not and gently blow at their nose

  23. I don't think that you should yell at him but at my farm we do smack the horses (not hard, just lightly) to tell them to stop it and don't do that again

  24. i'm reading alot of comments about smacking the horse is abusive and stuff, and I don't agree with that. it's ok to give a little smak on the nose if it bites. if the horse is just teasing a littlebit with its lips you should shake the rope, but if it's really trying to bite you its ok to smack or yell. don't scream, Yell. and a pat on the nose should not be hurting a horse unless youre doing it wrong. its just a bit scary for the horse so it won't bite again. it's not animal abuse.

  25. Smacking the horse in the face causes head shyness. Just saying. If anything do a sneak attack so he thinks he did it to himself.

  26. In fact smacking a horse in the nose may not cause head shyness it really depends on the horse and how hard or rough the smack was. It is really best not to be aggressive back to a horse because then its just not fair. Understand why your horse is biteing or getting mad. It could be as simple as a halter to tight or even soreness in a place you pet him. Once you understand why your horse is biteing try to fix it in a way you and your horse agree with. Rememer: Do not fully dictate your horse.

  27. okay good thanks:) i loooove animals and ride and have never had to but if i ever did i never want to hurt an animal 🙂

  28. You don't use much force, it's more like a light tap to get their attention. And trust me…..as much as I don't like doing even that, it's better than some other methods I've heard of….

  29. She never said to beat the horse over the head. I have 3 horses, one of which huffs, bites, and kicks. Trust me you do need some small restraints so you don't end up in the hospital. Double roping a horse is a very common method not just to restrict movement but also to keep them from getting tangled up and moving away while you're grooming or working on them. It's a light tap on the nose to snatch their attention, she's not telling you to backhand a horse.

  30. And also, I've heard things much more appalling. Like another biting reprimand "technique" where they hit the horse with a tack underneath the lip, or the epoxy and weights they put on show horses to make them high steppers. Or maybe people who starve their animals because it's simply not convenient to feed them. Clearly you haven't seen or heard much if this is one of the most appalling things you've ever heard.

  31. Hitting a horse in the face makes them become head shy. That is not okay. Maybe you should get better info before posting this . This is not good training advice

  32. uhm yea… dont hit your horse in the face, there are other ways of getting the point across, yea maybe you get rid of one problem but you will create another….

  33. I know this was posted over a year ago, but most things you are told in the horse world are untrue when it comes to training. Your gelding most likely has deeper issues than just biting. He probably doesn't see you as a leader and is trying to put you in your place after you hit him. Go to horseawareness channel and watch every video you can. It's a reliable source for most training issues. You don't establish dominance over him by hitting him. It's by consistency and controlling his feet.

  34. I suggest you remove this video because this is not productive counsel. Getting into a smacking/biting dynamic with your horse should be avoided. The disrespect a horse feels that would enable her to even consider biting you is created by you, i.e., there is a lack of leadership on the human's part, but I definitely do not mean you are not tough enough; rather, the horse isn't confident in you. Smacking your horse in the face will in the long term just create distrust. Remove this awful video.

  35. I actually do this technique at home but I don't smack then in the face, I hit them on the neck. If nobody is going to say something nice don't say it at all. Some people have other techniques than you. If you don't like the video don't watch it

  36. people are mistaking self defense for abuse, yes when if the objective is to train the horse to have respect for its hander, personal space training is the better option, but if its your first time meeting a new horse who doesn't know you and who you obviously haven't established ground manners or respect with, and the horse goes to bite you, you are entitled to defend yourself by ALL means.

  37. not abuse at all, its punishment or to sugar coat it ~repremandation~ if you went to bite your mother and she smacked you, it would be the appropriate response as you would think twice before biting her again.

  38. SMACKING A HORSE IS NOT ABUSE UNLESS IT IS OUT OF CONTEXT!!!! please stop calling it abuse. starving a horse to emaciation, THATS abuse. get your fact straight people

  39. i just want to say, the only nip i saw in this video was a friendly playful nip, and there are honestly better ways to get them to stop biting then smacking their head and or face risking him or her to become head shy. i dont think this abuse, but there are better ways to discipline your horse. (im not talking out of my butt either i work with 14 horses so i think i would know)

  40. when i said headshy i dont mean right away, if you smack him to hard and to many times yes, but if its a light tap on the nose its fine, but never train a horse through fear. NEVER! its not a very good thing

  41. What a bunch of crap some of these comments are! I horse bites you because it's putting you in 'your place'. A horse only bites when it's assumed the dominant role and you the submissive. So sit by a pasture and watch the pecking order. Dominance is established by personal space, biting and kicking. When a horse bites you and you coo at him and say "Now Gary…biting isn't nice." that'll get you a whole bunch of nowhere. If a horse bites me, I'm going to poke them real hard in the nostril or I'm going to smack them. Bottom line. That's me letting the horse know he's not in charge and I'm at the top of this pecking order

  42. Numerous times i have tried this but everytime i go to smack him he knows,therefore he either backs away,bites or kicks out. He has no manners or respect whatsoever and has severly bit several people who bring him in from the field,i need to stop this asap, someone help?!??

  43. Dear God NO NO NO a thousand times NO. Check out Buck Brannaman or Natural Horsemanship. Hitting a horse for biting just makes them faster. Biting horses are either annoyed or being disrespectful. But they are also "Lippy". They like their mouths touched. There are blocking techniques that send a very different message! As Buck says, when you're young you use 90% physical with horses. There's a very different way of dealing with this.

  44. so, pretty much, if your horse bites you….. beat the fuck out of him….!! i disagree lady, but thanks for wasting 1m 15s of my precious time..!

  45. Hitting them on the nose? thats how you make your horse Head shy lady. 
    Good luck wanting to pet them, or put a halter on them if you keep that stuff up. they will be scared of you for life! 

  46. I don't hit them on the nose. I would slap them on the neck and yell "HEY". This is not abuse. It's called discipline. Just like with kids you teach them discipline and give them whippings.

  47. I always find it interesting to see a "HOW TO" horse raining video on a gentle non issue horse. I appreciate your thoughts on this subject and may suggest you no Slap the face, it can encourage them to see if they can get a 2nd SNIP in before you can slap he 2nd time. just saying, they may test to see who has the quicker hands. It may also result in a conditioned response where he will try to snip at you and then Jerk his head away in anticipation of the slap. My suggestion to those who care is if a horse Snips at you, use your foot and rack down his shin bone. This gives him a mild discipline without going for his head or face. Slapping and yelling are generally not the thing to do.. In my opinion. Best wishes.

  48. slapping a horse on the nose will cause either head shy behaviour, or cause the horse to come at you faster "ill get you before you get me". I do not recommend this at all.

  49. This woman hasn't been around horses very long. Don't hit the face ever. Will cause more problems for you in the long run.. Pinching there lip or pull there wiskers works only if they don't see you do it.

  50. Do what works for her. Mind your own business. Its her barn you bunch of liberal commies. Everyone wants to tell someone how to train there horse. In nature another horse would kick it in the head if it bit one of them.  I have never had one bite me and have trail ridden horses all my life. One bites me and I will give it a kick in the ribs or what ever works for me. You come to my barn and bite me and I will punch you in the head. Most of you comment probably are horse peters and have probably never even broke a horse.

  51. So much to consider when facing this problem. I'm definitely not saying its ok ..but one must take into account the age (and sometimes gender of said horse) as well consider that it may be doing this out of anxiety or frustration ..and then resolve the issues based on the cause . Just as you would do for any other concerning behaviour your horse may be displaying. Sometimes smacking the horse will only encourage the action ..and that's a losing battle . just my .o2cents

  52. Uuugh, no, don't smack it on the nose. You do not want to make the horse head shy. I work at a horse rescue with abused and neglected horses, many are completely afraid of humans. A smack on the nose is a good way to teach them to never trust you.

  53. Don't hit the nose. That isn't going to help. 1) it will probably hurt them, 2) they're not going to respect you and 3) it might even encourage them if they retaliate.
    My loan horse nips some times but I never hit her nose. I shout and she listens 95% of the time. But if she's having a bad day and doesn't listen, I nudge her side and shout and she gets the idea.

    Hitting their nose isn't the answer fgs

  54. You clearly do not know anything about equine behaviour. You are setting him up for failure. He has no opportunity to escape or avoid you.

    This horse is simply offering oral investigation.
    Smacking a horse ( aversive stimuli) will escalate the behaviour and create fear aggression if continued.

  55. My Gelding is a biter as well what i do is lead him around in a corral and lightly tap him with the leap rope if he bites which always works.

  56. No need to hit a horse. Been a horseman for a long time, any time I have been with a biting horse, the very instant that horse tries to bite, I throw my arms up and yell hey! Followed up right away with backing them up for a dozen steps.  I have not had to do this more than two times with any horse. The nipping/ear pinning and biting stop and respect for you and your space is established. They get it right quick that any bad behavior results in you acting big and loud followed by a lot of work. They would much rather behave and avoid all that work.

  57. Don't ever hit your horse. It's not okay, I know you were taught its okay but it's not. You have to make the horse exercise when they bite, so they learn it's bad behaviour

  58. High so as wondering if anyone could help me. So my horse has a problem with biting on the saddle when IQ her to walk forward or move at all she turns around and she goes for a hard person bite what should I do wish to discipline this behavior as getting off to shows to without biting me a will lead for me to get off. By the way she is a green horse that's why she wants me off of her because she's not used to being ridden.

  59. I know this was att long time ago that this video got uploaded, but I cannot leave this without a comment. The advices here are based on old knowledge – the dominance and leadership theories are since long rejected by ethologists and behavioral science. Also, there is no straight "pecking order". Punishing a behavior that comes from a negative emotion i.e. fear, frustration, anxiety will only lead to increased negative emotions, and therefore in the long run, escalte the biting (or other problem behaviors). Correction and punishment will stop the behavior (symptom) in the short run when it happens, but it wont deal with the problem, that is, the cause that the horse is biting. The first question to ask is: Why is the horse biting? Are the horse's needs fulfilled or is it stressed and frustrated? Is the horse in pain? Research has shown that aggressiveness and pain is very closley related – at least over 50% of horses that exhibit aggressive behaviors has proven to be in pain according to studies.

    If the basic questions about needs and pain are ruled out,its time to focus on the behavior. In what situation does it exhibit the behavior problem, and what emotion lies behind the behavior? Is it just a certain situation that the horse finds uncomfortble, is it in a certain environment or is it just that it has not learnt not to be mouthy towards humans? And when the CAUSE has been identified, its time to figure out how to work with it. This can be that we need too counter condition a behavior (replace the problem behavior with one that makes that behavior impossible), f.e the horse begs for treats – we take time to train the horse to handle treats, and that the only way to get it is when facing from us; re-condition a situation – f.e the horse has learnt to associate the saddle with discomfort, maybe because of a previous ill-fitting saddle – we solve that by taking time to train, making the saddle into something positive for the horse etc. Of course there are many more things, but I wanted to give examples just to give an idea. Discomfort, fear, and pain cannot be solved by adding additional discomfort, and trust in a flight animal, cannot be built with corrections and punishment. The term "respect" and "leadership" is a human construction. A horse does what a horse does. In most cases I'd say its a defense mechanism which is something that is normal for a flight animal that percieves a threat with out the possibility to run. If horses would not do that, horses as a species would not exist today.

  60. Please don't do this. You're not solving anything by hitting an animal. Biting is a representation of a horse trying to get you to move out of his space due to 1) defensive aggression or 2) offensive aggression. Both reasons can be fixed by respect lunging and desensitizing through calm exposure. Smacking your horse around will either get you 1) messed up or 2) if it does quell that specific behavior, you're still not even addressing the cause, only the symptom, which will manifest in other, new, and challenging ways.

  61. Does anyone have an idea I have problems when I get my horse out of the paddock and stable I have serious bite marks everywhere and I don’t know what to do can you please help

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