I haven't had time to read through everything but I wanted to share.
I boarded my mare at a horse rescue for a while. They had a gelding there who was definitely ******ed. I don't know what was wrong but I suspect that maybe he had been a dummy foal, deprived of oxygen for too long when he was born, but was just functional enough to live. He was probably pretty lucky to wind up at the rescue.
He would spend the whole day playing with his tongue. Just...playing with it. He'd chew on it, stick it out and generally move it around constantly. He almost acted like he didn't know what it was, like he was confused about why there was such a strange thing in his mouth. I know that some horses will do similar things with their tongues when they have tooth problems but I don't think that was why he acted that way.
He was sweet enough on the few occasions that I tried to pet him through the stall. The barn owners told me that he was an absolute monster to handle, though. They said that he was extremely dangerous and would rear constantly. Hs behavior wasn't necessarily aggressive; he acted like he didn't really know what he was doing. He couldn't be led and it would take hours for him to learn anything. Unfortunately he seemed to completely forget anything that they did manage to teach him by the next day. He lived exclusively in a stall because of his behavior, which might have had something to do with his craziness, but they were fairly good horse trainers. They trained some of the other horses on stall rest without an issue, and retrained problem horses, so I don't think his behavior was simply bad training or management.
He was an interesting horse, that's for sure. I haven't seen anything play with its tongue like that before or since.
I am here to learn! :)
Last edited by WalnutPixie; 04-25-2012 at 12:18 AM.