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    09-18-2012, 01:23 PM
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Yearling
Bottle fed babies?

Well on Sunday morning I was leisurely tacking Mudpie up, and I started drinking my Snapple Lemon Tea that I'd brought with me. Mudpie's usually an inquisitive guy, so I wasn't surprised when he was sniffing the bottle. But then Mudpie was trying to grab it with his lips. I thought maybe he was just being "mouthy" or whatever, so I held it up under his nose and he grabbed it! He held it in his mouth like a little pro, and looked like he was trying to concentrate, with his ears all sideways. :3 Anywho, I took it out of his mouth because I was afraid he'd break it (it was in a glass bottle), and he didn't want to let it go. I put some in my hand and he licked it up, so (much to her delight) a little girl that keeps her pony at the barn did the same. :) It was all good and fun.

It made me think, though, that he may have been bottle fed as a foal? He's an extremely friendly, confident guy, and he's very comfortable around people. He's pretty charismatic with other horses, too, though, so it's not like he's socially inapt or anything. :)

Has anyone had a bottle-fed baby that's grown up and still "gone" for bottles?

Just curious.


     
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    09-18-2012, 01:37 PM
  #2
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Majority of bottle fed foals are the most obnoxious of horses because they have little respect for people.

I have many horses and ponies do the same, it is the sugar they like.
I had one mare who loved a mug of coffee as long as it had no sugar in it. She could take the mug in her lips and tip it to fill her lips.
     
    09-18-2012, 01:49 PM
  #3
Trained
Very nice picture of your horse
     
    09-18-2012, 01:56 PM
  #4
Weanling
My girl likes to mug my fiance for some rum and coke. The dog loves it too. She also sucks on the hose (no metal tip) and bites my plastic water bottles. I think she would like most things with sugar. Just a little lick!
     
    09-18-2012, 01:58 PM
  #5
Trained
Don't know if it has to do with bottle feeding. My mouthy Arab took anything in his mouth.
Once, at a show, I saw this rider on a big bad QH, taking a break. He had a bottle of coke. Gave the bottle to the horse, horse took a sip...."have a coke have a smile"...he curled his lips from the strange taste
     
    09-18-2012, 02:05 PM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
Majority of bottle fed foals are the most obnoxious of horses because they have little respect for people.

I have many horses and ponies do the same, it is the sugar they like.
I had one mare who loved a mug of coffee as long as it had no sugar in it. She could take the mug in her lips and tip it to fill her lips.
Hm. Well he's not really obnoxious at all, and he does respect people quite a bit. He's just happy and confident, and often inquisitive and curious. He's only 6. (: I just suspected that maybe he'd been bottle fed because he took the bottle in his teeth like a pro. ;) But I suppose that doesn't mean much, anyways. It must have smelled yummy to him. :]


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Originally Posted by Country Woman    
Very nice picture of your horse
Thank you, I took it last night. :)


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Originally Posted by aldebono    
My girl likes to mug my fiance for some rum and coke. The dog loves it too. She also sucks on the hose (no metal tip) and bites my plastic water bottles. I think she would like most things with sugar. Just a little lick!
How silly(: The tea isn't really overly sugary, but he liked it lots anyways.


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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Don't know if it has to do with bottle feeding. My mouthy Arab took anything in his mouth.
Once, at a show, I saw this rider on a big bad QH, taking a break. He had a bottle of coke. Gave the bottle to the horse, horse took a sip...."have a coke have a smile"...he curled his lips from the strange taste
That's funny! :] Mudpie can be "mouthy" at times. He doesn't bite or do anything bad, but when he gets bored he'll mess around. He's in an outdoor stall, and the hose is through some panels on the other side of the fence. He'll reach through and (I assume) okay with it, and he'll turn it on. I'll show up to little rivers through his stall, and a flood in front of his gate. XD I always joke that he's "watering his grass" because all the grass in front of other horse's stalls is dead, except for his nice little green patch. ;)

     
    09-18-2012, 02:14 PM
  #7
Trained
Yup, had one of those too. I had to tie everything down.......my Arab used to help with repairs....having his nose right above the running electric drill, took off with the bucket of tools, stole the farrier's hat while working on his feet and, when I was picking his paddock, waited until I had the wheel barrow full, going for the last pile, and he'd dump it. Never with only a little in it....had to be full. You can't imagine how many raspberries I got from him
     
    09-18-2012, 02:23 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Yup, had one of those too. I had to tie everything down.......my Arab used to help with repairs....having his nose right above the running electric drill, took off with the bucket of tools, stole the farrier's hat while working on his feet and, when I was picking his paddock, waited until I had the wheel barrow full, going for the last pile, and he'd dump it. Never with only a little in it....had to be full. You can't imagine how many raspberries I got from him
So Cute!
     
    09-18-2012, 02:28 PM
  #9
Foal
How cute! My mare does the same with water bottles, hoses, etc., although she was not bottle fed. Just mouthy and curious. It is cute seeing horses do things like that though.
     
    09-18-2012, 02:35 PM
  #10
Started
Its more likely that his good attitude and sweet disposition is a result of him being well cared for from a young age. Most bottle feds tend to be very spoiled and have little respect for personal space. Its more likely that mudpie is just well adjusted and curious.
mudpie likes this.
     

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