Training a Horse Not to Bite

ArticleHow to - horse trainingWednesday 27 January 2010
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Curb bad behaviour with this guide, which offers tips on how to stop a horse from biting.

One of the most important aspects of early horse training is to train a horse not to bite. Biting is a sign of dominance; a means of a horse exerting authority and defiance over a rider. Therefore it’s essential to curb the problem as quickly as possible.

How to Stop a Horse from Biting


In order to train a horse to stop biting, you’ll need to use a rope halter. Having the use of a halter gives the rider a lot more control over the horse’s behaviour. Using the halter in a subtle manner will help you curb the problem gradually over time.

Work with your horse on the lead rope during the first months of training. Doing this regularly during early training session will ensure the horse understands you are dictating the relationship. This will also stop you being put into a position where the horse feels tempted to bite or lash out, curtailing any natural defensive actions.

However, if the horse does manage to reach a position where biting can prove an effective reaction against training techniques, it’s important to be prepared and exert assured discipline. Calmly open your palms out and show your disapproval with the horse’s behaviour by firmly tapping the horse’s nose. Be warned, however, that this technique is only advisable if you have confidence dealing with the horse. Keep tapping for a couple of seconds, and repeat ‘No’ firmly until the horse seems to understand..

However irritated you may feel with the horse, stop abruptly after a couple of seconds and step away from the horse. This will encourage the horse to consider its actions without it losing faith in your continued companionship. Repeating this step a couple of times will indicate that biting is unacceptable. Repetition of this training technique is often the best method when you are trying to stop a horse from biting. Once you train a horse not to bite, you can finally move on and introduce more advanced exercises safe in the knowledge your horse will react appropriately.

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