Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
Some horses are just 'mouthy' and like touch, carry, and play with everything...and I've seen it much more in mares than geldings. Our mare, Lady (8 yrs old), is like that. She is extremely curious (and mischievious) and will pick up anything... my tools, the hat off your head, a hoof pick in my back pocket, the water hose, etc. I know they say horses don't see colors (perhaps it is the shade they see), but she is partial to pinks and yellows. She also unties lead ropes, opens gates, and turns on water faucets. You get the idea...she is a 'character', and is never nippy or aggressive when she does this.
How you handle this is totally up to what you want to allow. Most people feel it's best to be consistant and not allow it using a tap on the nose like you did. In my case, having handled this mare everyday for 5+ years, I don't mind playing with her (except when I really need those pliers she's carrying away). Trust me, though, if I ever felt any teeth or she had her ears back, she'd get a quick bop on the nose and get run off in an instant.
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