Horse & Rider Weekly #2: Dealing with mouthy/biting horses

Dealing with mouthy horses is an important life skill around horses. Since you’re bound to bump into a mouthy horse sooner or later, here are some tips from my experience with a couple of horses. One was Arnold, the other was Magnolia, and Jerry, and some more that I can’t remember their names right now.

N.B! THESE TIPS SEEM TO WORK FOR ME AND I CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT THEY’LL WORK FOR YOU. ALL DEPENDS ON THE WAY YOUR HORSE IS TRAINED.

  1. Be firm
    If your horse tries to bite you while you’re leading her with a bridle / halter, immediately hold her back, right by the mouth. And give a slight jerk, not hard, just a soft jerk at the mouth to tell the horse that she is being admonished for her deed. Then carry on walking as usual and repeat if necessary. Remember, you got to be firm.

Basically rule #1 applies to all sorts of biting. Basically when riding you will pull the reins a little harder than usual with a firm (not yelling but firm) “stop it” and if need be a little tap (remember, don’t beat to your heart’s content now that you have an excuse that your horse tried biting, just a tap) with your crop on the shoulder. However this isn’t usually necessary and your horse will stop it once you pull the reins hard. But if your horse doesn’t listen to you then a slight tap on the shoulder with your crop. Otherwise a third option that I was sometimes advised to do was circle the horse to the inside and then carry on riding. However at that time I was a REALLY BEGINNER and I couldn’t understand the reason why that was done. Maybe to distract the horse, maybe to let the horse ahead go further, I don’t know.

That’s all what I can say about this topic as I don’t have much experience with it. However I can point you to some YouTube channels / webpages that can give you more and better info!

  1. CRK Training
    YouTube
    Webpage
  2. Young rider magazine
    Webpage

Thanks for reading!


Second horse & rider weekly post 🙂

I don’t know if you guys will like this post because there isn’t much content in it! But I’m not that experienced with this topic so I don’t have much to say!

Random post comin’ your way folks, stay tuned!

With that, see you guys next post! 🙂

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