My horse likes to chew on ropes, reins, and whatever he can get his mouth on! He's never nippy, he just likes to chew on stuff like a teething baby! He's 8 and has a clean bill of health. Is it just a quirk or is there something I can do? I have to have someone babysit if I run into the tack room or else he'll start working on the lead rope. I was wondering if anyone else experienced this.
My old gelding would chew the end of his lead rope constantly if I let him. I'd walk up from grabbing something out of the tack room and he'd look at me all ears forward and innocent like "I'm not doing anything" with his lead rope sticking out of his mouth. He also couldn't have his halter/lead rope hanging on his stall (the rest of the horses did), because he'd pull it through the bars of his stall and chew on it. We finally figured out that he did it because he was bored.
I find it's mostly my colts and stallions that do that and it's because they seem to get bored easily. I try to use only old and raggedy lead lines or halters around them and let them chew, it keeps them happy and really, how expensive is a halter and a lead rope? I also keep Uncle Jimmy's Hangin Balls and Likkits in their stalls.
I agree with xxGallopxx that would have been my first decision, but my horses also love lickits. I would reccomend not to invest in a jolly ball unless your horse is playful..my horse just left it on the stall floor and never played with it once. It just delends on the horse.. :) Posted via Mobile Device