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Biting horse

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I'm working with a young yearling colt for a friend who at some point in his young life has developed a severe biting habit and will bite any horse (including his mother) cow or person in biting range.

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My advice to you is to not allow this colt into your space until you ask him in.  When this happens, you need to EXTREMELY mindful of his head and its proximity to your body.  If he lunges toward you in any way, shank him and make him work like crazy.  In short go after him with enough gusto that you give a reason to back off.  Then pause, catch your breath, and make him stand outside your space.  When he takes a step toward you, make him back three steps away.  My hope, here, is for you to send a message to him that being in your space is a privilege and he must earn it by being POLITE.  In a short time, this will be forgotten.  As far as the other animals are concerned, they will find a way to correct the situation.
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What does “shank him” mean?  Does Monty review the suggestions provided here?  Jusy became a university member and wondering.  Thanks
Larry the Logger
Hello! 100 lessons completed
Monty has a good suggestion for a biting horse but it requires a dually halter (which I highly recommend, worth every penny). With the dually on and lead attached to the left ring, stand on his left side, near his head. When he turns to bite, with your booted right foot, gently tap his left shin. He'll probably look down the first few times. That redirects his attention. When he does look down, school him with the dually. Let him repeat that a few times and go through the schooling cycle: tap his shin, school him when he looks down. He'll begin to realize biting is associated with a shin tap and should stop with repeated training. I've started this procedure on a 18 month old raw Mustang and she's getting the clue. Slow, but is starting to grasp the concept. I hope that helps.