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post #1 of 3 Old 04-02-2007, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Help- Gelding who curls his lip; "grills" people?

I have a 6-year-old Thoroughbred gelding that I've owned for about 9 months now. He was bred and trained for the track, but only raced once or twice. (Lousy racer, really- he's a complete puppy by nature and would rather nap than run a race!) The woman who owned him before me bought him right off the track and used him just as a pleasure horse, western, for her and her teenaged daughter. Thus, he is practically bombproof. I use him for jumpers, (suprisingly enough, he DOES run for that- I think the jumps keep his attention) and there's one thing about him that puzzles me.

When he is wearing the bridle, he curls his lip, almost like he;s "flashing his grill". It's just on the left side, and it's not like he does it and then stops- he HOLDS it there. The muscle almost tenses up and just stays like that. I use a flash noseband and that seems to hold it down a little, but he still kind of does it underneath. I use just a regular D-ring snaffle, and I've tried other bits with him and he still does it. He did it with the last owner, too, and although she didn't say anything I can see it in one of his sale pictures. Anyone know why he might do this? It doesn't cause any behavioral problems, and it doesn't seem to bother him- it just puzzles me. I've never seen anything like it before.

Here is the sale picture where, if you look at his mouth, he's doing it.

*ahem* NOT looking for jump critiques, pleaseandthankyou,(we are both still learning) but here are a few more where you can see it:

And I am not pulling on his mouth. As you can see, my reins are often very giving, with a bit of slack.

But only on the left side. Not on the right:

It's not just riding, either. It's as soon as you put on the bridle to until you take it off.

So- have I stumped you all, or does someone know what this may be?

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post #2 of 3 Old 04-02-2007, 12:25 PM
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Hi, have you had his teeth checked. A tb I use to own, use to do something similar and we discovered it was his teeth. Some had grown, long and pointy (wolf) and caused him some discomfort on that side when his bit was in.

As for your riding, you look superb to me!
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post #3 of 3 Old 04-04-2007, 01:29 PM
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heya, hes a very nice horse btw,
have you ever thought about asking not his last owner but the one before or his owner who broke him in?

also if you can get in contact with whoever he started this "lip curling" with when he started it and any reason's why?

Just a question now, what would happen if you left the bridle on for a long while but you stayed with him for the whole time, would his lip get tired and just stop with the whole lip curling thing?
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