Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Gloomy Indianapolis
Personally I don't really know anything to help fix the teething issue. I have done a lot of work with foals though. He is still very young, and it will take time for him to learn the rules of the game, with other horses and with people. He's a colt, so will most likely be pretty mouthy. DON'T LET IT GO! BELIEVE me, that is something you want to nip in the bud right now. Try to always be aware of what his head is doing, and immediately discourage him if he even acts like he's thinking about biting. You can stick out your elbow so he "knocks himself" and hopefully figures out that's not a good idea. I have seen people use push pins on the nose, but I don't really like it. Hitting IMO just makes it worse, it becomes a game to them. You may laugh at me but spitting on my geldings nose did wonders. It simulates a dominant mare snorting on him/puts your scent in his nose. I scoffed when it was recommended to me for my UNBELIEVABLY mouthy boy, but it works. He almost seemed offended,lol. As far as kisses go, be veeeery careful there. Since he's a nipper he could do some damage, even with hardly any teeth. Have you haltered him yet? I don't recommend leaving a halter on him but it would be good to get him used to it now. Any kind of training you do with him, keep it in very short sessions, like 10 min. He has virtually no attention span right now. And make sure to end on a good note. If you're working on backing up, and he doesn't want to, go back to something he does well and end it there. I know its so hard not to make spoiled little monsters when they're this young and cute, but its SOOOO important to start right now. Every time you work with a horse you are training it for good or ill, and its triply so for a foal. Be firm, be a leader, and you will have a great horse as he matures.