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.
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!