Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Sterling, Virginia, USA
Upon one of our recent visits to the farm my mother, brother, and I noticed that Reno has started biting and chewing on wood - the fence of the pasture, his stall, even tried to bite the wall of the arena while he was in one of his under saddle training sessions. I know that it could be from boredom among other things. My trainer brought up that she thinks it may be from stress, as he is a young OTTB and is in the process of learning things that are foreign to him. I could understand the stress thing if he only tried to chew wood while being lunged or ridden, but in his stall or out in the field?
He's not bored in the pasture. He runs around like a lunatic and he has two pretty girls keeping him company (though the big mare does bully him sometimes, so there's that stress theory again). I could get being bored in his stall. I wouldn't know what to get him for amusement though. My brother got "me" a Jolly Apple for Christmas last year, but Reno never played with it. He'd much rather grab my lunge line and fling it around or grab my grooming bucket and spill the contents all over the place...
I'm also considering that his teeth could possibly be bothering him. My brother and I attempted to read his lip tattoo and in the process noticed that the last top incisor on his left side looks kind of funky. I don't know how to put it...almost like it's chipped, but that's not really it. I'm going to ask the BO or one of the other ladies there to look at it (they have much more experience than I do) and ask their opinion on if I should have someone out to do something about the tooth. He doesn't seem to be in pain though. He doesn't care if his mouth is poked or prodded at all.
It could also be nutritional, but he hasn't done this before in the entire almost-year I've had him. It's just bugging me because I don't want him to escalate into cribbing if he's bored (thank God he doesn't do that already) and I also don't want him tearing up the BO's property. Oh, Reno, why must you be so strange sometimes?
I can try to get a few pictures of that tooth when I go up again on Sunday...
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