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post #1 of 7 Old 04-14-2008, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Is this just a quirk?

For the past couple of weeks, we've been hanging out with this horse that another couple owns. We've only seen her three times, but all three times, there was a very noticeable behavior. This QH mare spends a LOT of time doing some sort of weird mouth thing. I'm sure a lot of you guys have seen it before. Sometimes it looks like yawning, but other times, she's just stretching her lips out and practically sticking her tongue out. This is just one of those quirks, right? Nothing important?

Keep in mind, I'm VERY much a beginner. I've seen it happen before, but don't really know why it happens or what it means.

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-14-2008, 11:23 PM
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Some horses end up with 'odd' habits they have learnt from past experiences. The funny expression the horse you are describing shows may have been learnt because of early teeth problems or somthing like that and its now a habit.
My horse Foxy doesnt have the best teeth
( infact he has a missing front tooth) , he also does a weird thing with his mouth sometimes also.
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is the horse tackless and just standing around in a paddock, field or stall or is it with the bit in? The bit could be of poor fit, used to harshly, or causing sores or pinching.
Had the horse had it's teeth floated or checked? When I had braces (yuck) sometimes the inside of my mouth would catch on them so I had to manipulate my mouth to free it. Could be the horse has sharp points in the mouth causing pain.
And of course yes it could just be a quirk. My mare used to do an odd thing with her mouth when she wanted treats

This is Markie's I want a treat face
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is the horse tackless and just standing around in a paddock, field or stall or is it with the bit in? The bit could be of poor fit, used to harshly, or causing sores or pinching.
Had the horse had it's teeth floated or checked? When I had braces (yuck) sometimes the inside of my mouth would catch on them so I had to manipulate my mouth to free it. Could be the horse has sharp points in the mouth causing pain.
And of course yes it could just be a quirk. My mare used to do an odd thing with her mouth when she wanted treats

This is Markie's I want a treat face
I've seen the horse do it in multiple situations - in the pasture, while being groomed, while being ridden, and while being led. I'm not sure about her teeth, as I said, it's not my horse. I'll have to ask the owners.

Thanks for the input!
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personally if they are that extreme and are quite often I would be double checking the horse with a thorough vet check. Their has to be something wrong/painful going on.
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Hmm, well I don't think they're quite as extreme as the ones in the pictures, but similar. And I'm pretty sure that they're having the vet come out in the next week or two, so we'll see how that goes.

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