Tip of the Week: Stop a Showmanship Biter

Do you know what it's like to have your best showmanship pattern but then your horse bites or nibbles your hand during the judge's inspection? Try this tip to stop a biter in his tracks so you can focus on having a confident and stylish pattern.

There’s nothing more frustrating than a horse who constantly wants to bite or nibble on your hand or lead rope. It’s best to prevent this habit as soon as possible so it doesn’t become a long-term issue between you and your horse. 

Try this tip to prevent him from chewing on your hand:

Before your class, put a thin layer of vapor rub on your hand and the chain of your lead. The menthol smell and bitter taste will keep your horse from wanting to chew on your hand throughout the class, plus the strong smell will help keep their attention and focus on what you’re asking them to do. 

Your hand being so close to your horse’s mouth can be tempting for any horse that likes to chew. Put a thin layer of vapor rub on your hand and chain to deter them from this bad habit. Nicole Chirico

Vapor rub is cheap and easy to find, making it a great addition to any competitor’s grooming supplies.

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Note: Just be careful not to get the greasy rub on your clothes because the oil can stain! 

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