Update: Foals are doing great. Legend is three months now and Finn is two months. They are healthy and getting big. They halter, lead, pick up their feet, they had the farrier out and were a lot better than I thought they would be. They groom, flyspray, stand to be sponged off, and move over to the side with just a brush of my hand on their hip. And, we are working on standing back and not mugging me for their milk or grain. Some days are better than others though. *sigh*
Anyway, I had a question. I know foals like to explore with their lips, but it has gotten to where they try to nip at my skin or clothes and sometimes they get me with their teeth. I try to discourage this with a firm "No!", pushing their head away, flicking them in the mouth, or "biting" their lower lip with my fingers. Sometimes it seems to work, sometimes it doesn't, and they just try again another time. What should I do so they won't be scared or me, but learn to respect boundaries? Any ideas/thoughts/tips would be helpful. Thanks.