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post #1 of 12 Old 01-02-2011, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Horse playing with tongue?

I know this is a rather odd question. But this is my first horse and I just want to be sure nothings wrong... even though I'm 90% sure he's just being a dork.

I went out to the pasture today and when I pulled up, my four year old gelding was casually standing there, his tongue stuck out the side of his mouth. When I got out and watched him more I realized he was playing with it. I found it funny, but I wondered if this was a sign of something wrong with his teeth or mouth? It probably isn't, but I figured I'd ask anyway.

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post #2 of 12 Old 01-02-2011, 06:38 PM
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Probably nothing wrong, but can you get video? Just sounds really funny.

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post #3 of 12 Old 01-02-2011, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Haha, when I get a video you bet it will be up here. He did it a couple times while I was out there, so I bet I'll get it on film sometime. :) It was pretty funny after I got past the initial 'what the hell is he doing' thoughts.

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post #4 of 12 Old 01-02-2011, 10:48 PM
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A mare in my barn does that - she sticks it out the side of her mouth and kind of "chews" on it and tosses her head. For her it is just a thing she does out of boredom. Probably nothing to worry about.
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post #5 of 12 Old 01-05-2011, 02:13 PM
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My mare Bonita does it all the time :) She seems to be sucking on it... She does it when she's bored, or after treats. I think she's trying to suck all the flavor :) She's done it all her life, and I've had her teeth checked with no problems, so I think horses do it just for fun! Here's proof:
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I've got too mares (mother/daughter) that lob their tongues out the side of their mouths and chew or flick them around.

I have a gelding that will stick his tongue out the front between his front teeth in hopes you will grab it and play with it.

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post #7 of 12 Old 01-05-2011, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Well, he is doing a lot with his tongue lately- I discovered he has been licking the corral panels. Not cribbing or biting them, just casually licking them up and down. Such an odd boy!

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post #8 of 12 Old 01-05-2011, 02:56 PM
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He might be lacking some minerals if he is licking. He may also have something stuck in his mouth, like a stick or something he is trying to dislodge
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post #9 of 12 Old 01-05-2011, 03:49 PM
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Reeco flaps his lips and pulls his top lip up, as though he is trying to talk! He does this when he is excited.

Harry sticks his toungue out at people.

Danny flaps his bottom lip when he is bored.

They are just amusing themselves!

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post #10 of 12 Old 01-05-2011, 04:02 PM
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Bonita also parts her lips just enough to rest her teeth on the panels, and then moves her head from side to side scraping the panels with her teeth. It's SO random! But she acts like she's really content when she does it
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