Should a biting horse be given a second chance or should he be sold?
I purchased a horse 5 months ago that seemed to have a great temperament until recently. When we bought him, he was malnourished and had severe rain rot. It seems, though, that even though his health has improved, his behavior has worsened. While my husband was asking him to back up (from the ground), the horse bit him in the chest. I would like to know if others have had experience with horses that bite and how they corrected the situation. I do not have a lot of experience with horses. Therefore, I'm wondering if this behavior can be exterminated or if I'd be better off selling him.
I do not own horses myself, but my sister spends a great deal of time with problem ponies and horses, and while some just have plain bad natures, the vast majority can be trained/gentled/what have you, given time and patience and good old TLC. This horse sounds like he had a pretty sketchy background, so its no wonder he's acting up. There are people who specifically train horses for this sort of problem, or you can probably ask your vet for some tips. It may take a bit, but definitely give the boy a second chance!
Poor old boy sounds like he has issues from previous owners. Horses who have had to fight for survival, including lack of feed and nutrition can take a long time to gain trust. Always be firm with your horse do not make a pet of him, he is not a pet but a herd animal who has been hurt. You must be confident in your handling of him and always try to be one step ahead. It may take all your patience but don't give up, if you do, sell him.
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