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How to stop a biting yearling?

Does anyone have any experience with dealing with biters at an early age? I have a 14 month old gelding who is a typical youngster - over enthusiastic, but never nasty. Except that when I am handling him, he occassionally turns and bites. I think it is more babyishness than nastiness, but I have some horrible bruises along my belly to testify to the fact! I don't really want to be slapping him all the time and have tried the whole biting back, squealing/kicking thing (like a horse would to chastise, not just because its painful!). Any ideas? He is such a nice chap most of the time, but this is starting to bug me, and my skin, a bit.

Re: How to stop a biting yearling?

I just wore a body protector - without the reaction, it stopped being fun and he desisted, although if that hadn't worked I was going to spray the cover with Cribox!