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    12-05-2012, 10:35 AM
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Weanling
ODD behavoir at feeding time

My mare was acting very odd last night when I got home (feeding time) She was waiting for me at the fence as usual but was doing this thing with her mouth/tongue. She would kinda stretch her neck out and open her mouth and she was rolling her tongue out and to the left, It was sort of like she was jacking her jaw a bit too. I thought hmmm do you have something stuck or packed in your teeth etc? I watched her to see if she would quit but she just kept it up constantly. I went out and pulled her into barn and could see nothing in her mouth or wrong with her teeth etc but she kept it up. It was weird! I gave her her dinner and stopped it completely as she was eating. I went back out after to check on her to see if she was back to the same but she was just standing around fat and happy. I of course was worried she has a bad tooth or something so I was texting with a friend who said "oh yea my mare and one of my geldings does that exact same thing at feeding time. The mare does it EVERY time!" So now I am curious.....does this sound like something anyone else has seen their horses do? I am scheduling her a mouth exam anyway as she is 15 and I just got her this summer so I want to make sure there is nothing going on but thought I would ask you guys what ya think? ;) Thanks!
     
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    12-05-2012, 10:53 AM
  #2
Trained
Both is a possibility. Teeth problem is very likely. I had several standardbreds, and knew others, who would make the funniest faces at feeding time (think Mr. Ed), and I've seen other horses learn it from them . But having teeth checked is a good idea anyway with her age
     
    12-05-2012, 12:15 PM
  #3
Started
I have a number of standardbreds who do it. Most of them have been to the track. The will put their head to the side, open their mouth and roll their tongue around while making chewing type movements. I call it stupid face, because it makes them look like they need to be institutionalized. There teeth are fine its just a habit they picked up prior to feeding time. I think it has to do with being at the track. Its weird but normal.
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    12-05-2012, 12:20 PM
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Trained
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Originally Posted by rookie    
I have a number of standardbreds who do it. Most of them have been to the track. The will put their head to the side, open their mouth and roll their tongue around while making chewing type movements. I call it stupid face, because it makes them look like they need to be institutionalized. There teeth are fine its just a habit they picked up prior to feeding time. I think it has to do with being at the track. Its weird but normal.
I had OTTB's, they never did it.....must be a standie thing . I rehomed one who got to live with an OTTB, and it picked it up from him. Stalled NEXT to him. My Arabs and two warmbloods across the isle (15') never did.
Came to the conclusion standies are goof balls
     
    12-05-2012, 12:37 PM
  #5
Yearling
It looks like they are trying to lick the outside corner of their mouth, of rub their tongue, right?
It sounds like something my mare does when she is just plain bored. Most times when I have her standing and am just doing grooming and such she does the exact same thing. I thought nothing if it, just figured it's a gimme something to do while I wait for you kinda thing. She did it at the vet's and he was laughing at her and asked if she does it a lot- he said it's the equivalent of a nervous/boredom tic in humans, that not a ton of horses do it, but that the ones who do, it is for no good reason other than that hey they can. :) She is QH/Appy, so it must not be inherent to standies. :) I love her more for her goofiness. :)
     
    12-05-2012, 12:37 PM
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Hehe, standies can be very goofy. I adore the lip popping though.
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    12-05-2012, 02:30 PM
  #7
Trained
Mine would move his jaws, side to side, stick his tongue out, smile like chimps do, with stretched out neck, tilting his head from side to side, would talk....not only at feeding time, but also before going out on pasture, before work. He was goofy in other ways, too....he'd play hide and seek behind the weeds in his paddock, would take off tail straight up in the air when I said "boo", throw his empty feedbucket out the stall when finished and and and
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    12-05-2012, 10:33 PM
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I think of it less as being a goof and more as having extra personality. They make you laugh. I would not say the behavior is bad, heck I will take it everyday and any day over cribbing or stall weaving.
     
    12-06-2012, 12:14 AM
  #9
Trained
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Originally Posted by rookie    
I think of it less as being a goof and more as having extra personality. They make you laugh. I would not say the behavior is bad, heck I will take it everyday and any day over cribbing or stall weaving.
^^^That
     
    12-06-2012, 03:46 AM
  #10
Weanling
My ottb gets so excited about his feed that he does little rears and strikes the ground with his feet, and sometimes kicks out behind. Once he's eating, he carries on, but instead of striking te ground his front legs sort of switch weight bearing really quick from one to the other - he looks like he's having a fit! It only ever happens with his feed bucket, with haylage/ treats he never does it. Crazy horse.
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