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post #11 of 18 Old 04-06-2013, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all of the answers! She is just 4 and straight off the track, so she either just does it with me, or learned it at the track. She had a baby tooth until a few weeks ago. She got her teeth done and the guy said that since all of her baby teeth were gone, he could even out all of her teeth. She starts yawning the second I'm done with the girth. I don't see her yawn other times, so I guess I can rule out ulcers?

It could also be her stretching her jaw like you posted Vidaloco. She likes streching, often stretching her front legs out and bowing like a dog.

I guess since I know it's not teeth and it's likely not ulcers, I can rule out discomfort and just say it's a quirk of hers? Anyway- It makes putting the bridle on easy- Just slip the bit in while her mouth is open :)

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post #12 of 18 Old 04-06-2013, 08:06 PM
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Are you sure she's yawning, or could she be opening and crossing her jaw? Similar to licking and chewing. There is an off the track QH at my barn and he does this, he doesn't yawn but he crosses his jaws and sometimes plays with his lips or licks and chews. It is just a habit he picked up from the track, and he seems to do it of of boredom, nervousness, or anxiety. It's just him

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It looks like she's yawning... opening her mouth top teeth go one way bottom teeth go the other and then she closes her mouth and does it again...

Now that you mention that- when the bit is actually in her mouth, it looks more like she's pushing it with her tounge. It looks like the yawning, but she doesn't open her mouth as much and she stiffens her lips. How wuold I know the difference between yawning and something else? I'll try to take a video of it tomorrow.

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The mare I used to ride yawned every time before putting the on the bridle. She just wanted to stretch her mouth and jaw :)
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It looks like she's yawning... opening her mouth top teeth go one way bottom teeth go the other and then she closes her mouth and does it again...

Now that you mention that- when the bit is actually in her mouth, it looks more like she's pushing it with her tounge. It looks like the yawning, but she doesn't open her mouth as much and she stiffens her lips. How wuold I know the difference between yawning and something else? I'll try to take a video of it tomorrow.
Sounds like it is just her then, that's her "warm up". She probably did it at the track in anticipation or anxiety and it stuck

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Maybe since it's after you do the girth she's trying to suck in air to blow up so it's not so tight? Do you tighten it all the way immediately after you put the saddle on?
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The yawning often helps horses release tension, so I'd take it as a sign that she's relaxing and getting herself ready for what's to come.

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No- I put the girth on the lowest hole, then put on my helmet, then tighten another hole, put on the bridle, tighten another hole, walk to the arena, tighten another hole, and then get on.

So we're going with either a habit or relaxation- I can live with that :) That's what I always thought it was, but after hearing about yawning being a sign of ulcers, I got worried...

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