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  • Is it true a horse has to close its mouth completely before it can open it again
  • A horses jaw when it bites

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    06-29-2012, 08:26 AM
  #61
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
Now... I somehow "learned" that a horse has to completely lock it's jaw before it can open it's mouth? Like, if it bites down, it has to complete the action before opening it's mouth... Is that true???
I am no expert, but in my opinion that can't be true. Rain plays with the older horses, and sometimes she will open her mouth really wide, and act like she's says ya-ya-ya. Her jaw will open and close part way each time. So unless Rain is an unusual individual, horses don't have to close their jaws completely before opening them.

That being said, their jaws are powerful enough to bite down and through some pretty tough vegetation, so biting through a human finger would be barely noticeable to them... (IMHO)
     
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    06-29-2012, 09:23 AM
  #62
Weanling
I agree. If they had to fully bite down there would be many more injuries like this out there to humans and other horses. I've been nipped many a time. I can imagine my older gelding getting annoyed about something though and taking an agitated bite as opposed to a "warning nip"

I didn't look at the follow up pictures. I'm a sissy! Hope you're feeling better soon though.
     
    06-29-2012, 11:28 AM
  #63
Yearling
I don't think that's so. My horse did something very similar (although it was my husband's fault, the horse didn't spook.) but all that happened was that the nail on my index finger turned black. I can't remember if I lost the nail or if it just turned black and then grew out, but I do know that I got a lot of questions on our anniversary cruise! LOL If he had closed his jaw completely, I'm sure my finger would have looked like the op's.

I think horses have great control over their mouth's. If they didn't and they bit, we'd all have chunks taken out of us each time. We all know there's a huge difference between a nip and a flesh gouging bite. (Although neither one is to be tolerated.)
     
    06-29-2012, 03:00 PM
  #64
Trained
Well... That's one way to get long nails...

That looks brutual.
     
    07-11-2012, 02:50 PM
  #65
Foal
*update*

I went to the doctor yesterday and got my stitches taken out. The doctor told me that it looks like its healing very well, so I'm glad. It doesn't look very pretty but I'm sure it could be a lot worse. I uploaded more pictures of it for all of you who like to see. If you have any questions just ask.

http://www.horseforum.com/members/34...y-finger-4459/
     
    07-11-2012, 04:04 PM
  #66
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Originally Posted by ClaudiaD    
I went to the doctor yesterday and got my stitches taken out. The doctor told me that it looks like its healing very well, so I'm glad. It doesn't look very pretty but I'm sure it could be a lot worse. I uploaded more pictures of it for all of you who like to see. If you have any questions just ask.

http://www.horseforum.com/members/34...y-finger-4459/
Wow it looks better... do they think you will grow your nail back?
     
    07-12-2012, 02:50 AM
  #67
Foal
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Originally Posted by Critter sitter    
Wow it looks better... do they think you will grow your nail back?
I was told it will. They just pulled it out so it was out of the way of the surgery.
     

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