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post #1 of 7 Old 04-17-2011, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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When will his "baby stage" be over?

I have had my 5 year old off the track thoroughbred gelding for almost five months. He's extremely nippy, and trys to chew on everything. I punch his nose lightly everytime I see him do it, and he stops for a couple minutes, then does it again. He's also chewed on halters hanging near his stall. Some people I have talked to said it is a baby stage, since he's so young, but I'm not sure. If it is, when will it be over? Or is there anything I can do to make him stop?
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-17-2011, 06:37 PM
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he just sounds like a horse who doesnt know what to do with all that energy he has lol :) his he always in his stall ? do you work with him alot ? is he outside ? he maybe just be bored :) if he is you can get him those funny little yummy balls with treats inside or i heard of a mirror in there stall make sure its safe tho idk i just heard of that.

and usually a horse gets "smart" or calmer at around 6-9. that also somthing i just heard of so dont take my word on it :) good luck

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post #3 of 7 Old 04-17-2011, 06:58 PM
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sounds like he's bored to me. like frankiee said, is he stalled most of the time? how often does he get out to play? to be ridden? etc? if he's stalled most of the time some stall toys might help keep him entertained otherwise can you give him more time out?
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He goes out into pasture every morning, until I get home. Then I work him for about an hour. Lunging and riding. And even when I'm brushing him or standing with him, he always tries to get something on his mouth.
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My horse Relana gets bored easy too. She likes to constantly be doing something. The TB horse is very high energy so your horse probley just wants to be doing something all the time. Relana is also part TB and I bought her a Jolly Ball so I think you should maybe buy one! It may help alittle bit.

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post #6 of 7 Old 04-18-2011, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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I'll try to get him a toy or something, but I think it's more than that. Even when I'm scratching his head or something, he'll try to find something to chew on.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-18-2011, 02:41 PM
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I have a 3yr old filly that LOVES to nibble and chew on everything as well. She has destroyed 3 of my sweatshirts that I've had hanging on the fence, turned my back, then looked over and she has almost the entire sleeve in her mouth . Anything that is dangly or new she must give a thorough inspection of first. I would suggest a toy too. You could get one of those Jolly Balls or Hanging Stall Toys. I've also heard horses like to play with Caution Cones and Yoga Balls (though I wouldn't put those in a stall).

Does your boy have a salt lick? I put a HUGE one in the coral and she loves it. She use to have a licking problem too, and now she doesn't lick so much. Also, I've set her up by hanging a towel, halter, and other various things she likes to chew on the fence. Then, when she approaches and tries to nibble or grab the item I give her a warning "Ah-Ah!". If she doesn't stop and still tries to grab it, I tap her on the chest or neck with a riding crop and repeat with an "Ah-Ah" or "No". When working with him, remember to have patience, this is a habit he has formed and it will be difficult to break. It will probably take quite a few sessions for him to get it. When you aren't around, I would suggest trying to keep everything he likes to nibble out of reach. If he chews on wood fencing or stall doors, they have special spray out there that tastes bad and is non-toxic to them but tastes bad too discourage them from chewing on the wood.

I haven't tried this, but if you got your boy a hanging stall toy after you reprimand him for trying to grab something off the fence, you could try showing him the toy. Once he starts showing interest or nibbling on the toy pet him and let him know that playing with his toys is okay, but chewing on halters, clothes and other things is NOT.

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