The historical bond between a human and horse is strong. However, it is important to remember that horses are still animals that get scared and will defend themselves. This includes the racehorses in Kentucky vice: biting.
What to Do when a Horse Bites You
The first thing to distinguish with a horse is when they nip you and bite you. Nipping can be a sign of affection and play, which is a sign they like you. However, if you don’t like it, step away from the horse and reinforce other behavior you prefer.
If a horse purposely bites you, it is a serious event. If you are bitten by a horse, get away from the horse immediately and tend to your bite.
The important thing is to not punish the horse, which includes slapping or striking the horse. The horse will not understand; they will remember it as an attack and will ultimately worsen the situation.
Horse bite usually for two reasons: either they are scared, or they are trying to dominate your authority. It is the role of the horse trainer to understand what is making their horse scared. They will need to discern if the horse is sick, hurt, tired or frightened by some strange phenomena. Whatever it is, the horse trainer will need correct whatever is scaring their horse.
If the horse is trying to dominate you, this is an issue with the horse not viewing you as a leader. This requires training and getting the horse to trust your judgment. If you need assistance, call a professional racehorse trainer to give you help.
A horse biting you may shock you, but know they are not doing it to be a jerk. They are doing it for a specific reason. It’s important to keep your cool and understand.
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