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Horse management, health, feeding and grooming.
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I work with mini's quite a bit. But as with any horse, treat him like the dominant horse in the herd would. If he bit the dominant horse, it would bite back. You do the same. Bite back. As was said earlier, a good backhand ususally does the trick. But you HAVE to do it instantly! From my experience, when a horse does something like that, you have about 5 seconds to react or they don't know why they're getting punished. Be quick, but as was also mentioned earlier, go on with what you were doing as if nothing happened. Let him know who the boss is.
When you have a fast horse, 3 barrels and a winning time...who needs a cowboy?
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Old thread or not there is a lot of good information here.
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A trick I used to use years ago with young thoroughbreds, especially when cleaning out the stables, was I made up a Knuckleduster. It was a piece of leather looped around to go over my knuckle. It had numerous large sharp staples in (U nails) driven through it so it was smooth on inside, very sharp and prickly on outside. When being pestered by a young horse my left hand would just be placed in the way of their muzzle to feel the effects of the sharp spikes. It was very effective, they soon got the idea, but best of all I did not have to make any aggressive move towards the horse, they inflicted the pain on themselves, the only movement was passively putting the hand in their way, they did not get punch drunk.
I have not read all the replies to this thread, I apologise if it has been suggested before.