I've had my horse, Bandit, for seven years, and I know virtually everything about him.
Thursday night I was doing some stretches with some little treats, and I noticed he wasn't taking them from my hand with his lips, but instead his teeth. Bandit is always very gentle when taking things from my hand, and he usually just pulls it up through his lips.
Bandit was opening his mouth very wide, grazing his teeth on my palm, and even at times dropping the treat. Not using his lips at all. He was acting completely normal, very happy, I took his tempurature but that was normal as well.
He was floated under a year ago, and I ride him in a hackamore. He is eating grass, and hay normally (I didn't watch him while he ate grain, I'm going to tomorrow), he is still using his lips because I had him do this "smile" trick.
What could make him suddenly eat a treat out of my hand so differently? I had two other people, who have never fed him before, give him a treat and they said it was very weird.
He has a small scratch on the top and botton of him lip, but it's just a scab and as been there for a few weeks. I'm thinking he may have zapped his mouth on the electric fence, but I've been stung by that before and it just feels like a pinch and then it's over.
I'm quite worried, any thoughts on what's going on?