Do foals go through a teething stage?
My colt is 6 months old now. He was gelded in December. He was always very mouthy and things really aren't getting any better.
He has learned that he will get punished for nipping, but he still tries to put EVERYTHING in his mouth. Tack, clothes, ropes, bags, tree bark, you name it, if it will fit, it goes in his mouth.
I used to think it was some sort of curious behavior on his part, like his way of exploring the world.
But now I am wondering if it isn't his teeth? Sometimes, whether loose in his pen or when I have him haltered, he will open his mouth really wide (almost like his is yawning) and lolls his tongue around in his mouth like his teeth bother him. When my vet came out to geld him, I asked when he would need his teeth floated for the first time, and he said not until he was a 3 yr old.
So I don't know if my foals mouthy, chewing on everything behavior is normal? Do they "teethe" or is this the sign that somethings not right?
He has no problem eating hay and grain pellets. Nothing drops from his mouth when he eats.
I have been trying to correct him for the mouthy behavior, especially if he wants to chew on ME, but I am wondering now if it is a physical problem that he can't help. It's like he HAS to chew on things. Any thoughts?