Episode 182-How to deal with a mouthy horse and prevent biting.

A listener asks how to correct her mouthy horse and how to keep mouthiness or biting from happening in the first place. In this podcast, I explain why biting happens, the most common problem I see people making, and I give actionable instructions on how to be more engaging, interesting and clear.
Learning how to prevent this behavior will also teach you a skill that is useful and transferable from groundwork into ridden work too.


  1. Ruth McDermott on May 16, 2022 at 12:01 pm


    I loved this episode. I have a little dun QH that is so smart and does everything you described. He will come running to the fence and stare at me as if to say, “Hello! Let’s play.” He is a ‘tough nut’ but always wants to be near me. I have said to myself many times that he wants more attention. I’m starting with the ground tying training tonight. He’s a cool little horse and very smooth. Thank you for the motivation and ideas on other things to do when I can’t ride. You’ve said things like this before but today it stuck! 🙂

  2. Patty McLaughlin on May 12, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    Hello Stacey, I understand the thought process of why you did not explain how to fix the nippy mouth, as in missed the signs. I was hopng to get some comment on that rypeof horse though. I bought 5 yr old that can make a threat to bite, while tacking. He has never made contact, just pins his ear and swings his head towards you. know hear the lips…
    Physically he is fine, when you are out in the pen,you can tighted the cinch as much as you want. No concerns anymore. I can only assume, previous 5 years he was able to scare people from actually riding… as far as know the first time he loped was with me. he has been a project, but has come leaps and bounds. Do you think this behavior will ever go away regardless how many times i correct him. My bubble space, was not present at all, but he is getting better with that. any suggestions, or any insight on how much change I should expect thanks, love the podcast, Patty ps this behavior happens tied or ground tied. Does not matter.

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