You know how I keep him from chewing his Mom's tail? I rub jalapeno peppers in it! That, and keeping more grass hay in front of them.
I also rubbed a pepper into his lead rope because he wants to chew it when he's tied. It seems to last for several days to a week before reapplication.
I haven't done that with my reins or saddle strings. I probably should.
I can sort of live with the chewing, because I know he's just a baby and he's probably teething. It's the nipping/climbing I am trying to nip in the bud! I just could imagine him as a 1000 lb. stallion, mounting the horse I am riding and biting too. Call me a chicken, but this is my first colt and I didn't want to go down that road!
Really, he's pretty awesome. And he's been really easy to train (other than breaking the nipping habit). But he learns really quick. And he's really, really sweet. I believe the nipping is more of a play thing, not aggression. I am just insecure in my training abilities, because he's my first one.
I was out there today trying to clean the wound a bit, and taking his temperature and everything, and he was so awesome. Perfect for his temp, perfect for letting me work on the wound. Better than some of the adult horses I've had.
I had no idea a foal could give you so many gray hairs though!
My neighbor, who bought a mare from the same place as I bought mine, also had a foal by the same stallion. She's had really smooth sailing. Her baby has been very healthy and well behaved.