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    11-08-2010, 10:55 PM
Pulls Back her Lips

I am a new horse owner to a 5yr old standard bred. She seems pushy put I think it is a lack of ground manner (she has never been ridden). When and ONLY when I put her on cross ties she pulls her lips back (not curling up her lip) and sticks out her neck. I can't groom her because she keeps moving forward, backwards, lip pulling, and sometimes lifts her front hoof. She has never biten or kicked before. If I put an apple in front of her on a rope, she plays with it until it is gone and then starts the pull back lips again.. How can I stop this becuase she cannot stop herself from rolling in the mud and I can't groom her.
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    11-08-2010, 11:17 PM
Prepare to be told you are in over your head with this. Not that "lip pulling" is a huge problem but because you are as green as this horse is and that is never good.

I've seen what you describe in mares that are in season, could that be it at all?
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    11-08-2010, 11:31 PM
Not to be rude, but I think you need to get some professional help with this horse. You said yourself you are green with horses, and you don't sound knowledgeable enough to handle a young green horse by yourself.

Other than that, I don't have a clue about the lip thing. Maybe if you could show us a picture of her doing the lip thing.
    11-09-2010, 08:15 AM
Zeke...That is exactly what it is, she is in heat!! I have been around horses all my life but just bought enough land to own my own. I just brought her home 2 weeks ago and I was so caught up, I didn't even think about that option. That actually explains her pushy moods and not listening to normal commands such as "to stand". She is a trainned horse, she was a harness racer but I wasn't sure how much ground manners she had..(seemed like none, but it does explain everything) Thanks

PS Checked...and she has the wink!!
    11-09-2010, 02:13 PM
Just because a mare is in heat, she shouldn't be allowed to be pushy and have no manners. Horses, no matter what, should be expected to behave IMO.

I also don't know what you mean by "the wink", but good luck to you!
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    11-09-2010, 04:20 PM
Originally Posted by Zeke    
Just because a mare is in heat, she shouldn't be allowed to be pushy and have no manners. Horses, no matter what, should be expected to behave IMO.

I also don't know what you mean by "the wink", but good luck to you!
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It's the polite term for when the mare's vagina contracts/purses. It's unmistakable, haha.
    11-09-2010, 04:36 PM
Got it...I did have a mare so I can picture that now! Just never heard that term haha
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    11-09-2010, 08:22 PM
She was pretty calm today but her tail is a mess with all the mud and she won't allow be back there to groom the back end of her...can't wait for things to dry up 100+ mm rain in the last 3 days and still raining....mucky

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