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post #11 of 38 Old 08-02-2012, 05:59 AM
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Could be the 'baby face'? What foals do when they meet adults to show they're a submissive baby?
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post #12 of 38 Old 08-02-2012, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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I don't think so because the other horse I know who does it was 15 years old, and he's not sunburnt either. I'm just starting to think its a habit that some horses do. Did youn see the picture I had attached? It looks almost identical to that, but not as severe.
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post #13 of 38 Old 08-02-2012, 11:23 PM
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Teeth bothering him?? If he had ever had a bit before, I'd say it could be an automatic response to the feel of working, because of previous experience.
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I have seen a couple of horses at work do what I think your describing. They only did it when they were standing in a stable for long periods and they were bored.

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Did he lower his neck and stretch out his nose a bit while he did it? If so, it's a "baby face" submissive motion. Not sure why he would offer it on the lunge line, but that's what it sounds like he was doing.

Keep us informed about how it progresses, it's interesting.

EDIT: Maybe you could take a video for us to see?? Might help, besides, we like pictures and videos!

Edit again: Just saw the picture of the arab, he's chewing on the bit of his show halter. You say yours had no bit though...hmmm. Even more interesting.

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I am also thinking its the "I'm a baby please don't hurt me!" face. I love the face! They sniff the other horse and then *yap yap yap yap* the mouth open. I believe my mare did it as old as 3 on occasion when she was in trouble and I can even recall my mare's dam doing it. Though I can't remember if it was at the time she was in foal or with the foal already at her side.
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Did he lower his neck and stretch out his nose a bit while he did it? If so, it's a "baby face" submissive motion. Not sure why he would offer it on the lunge line, but that's what it sounds like he was doing.

Keep us informed about how it progresses, it's interesting.

EDIT: Maybe you could take a video for us to see?? Might help, besides, we like pictures and videos!

Edit again: Just saw the picture of the arab, he's chewing on the bit of his show halter. You say yours had no bit though...hmmm. Even more interesting.
He doesnt move his neck or anything at all, just shows his teeth! I don't think I've seen a horse do a baby face before, but It sounds similar, but not the same! It's so weird. My phone will not let me download pictures on here or believe me I would! Lol
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I am also thinking its the "I'm a baby please don't hurt me!" face. I love the face! They sniff the other horse and then *yap yap yap yap* the mouth open. I believe my mare did it as old as 3 on occasion when she was in trouble and I can even recall my mare's dam doing it. Though I can't remember if it was at the time she was in foal or with the foal already at her side.
It might be that but it doesn't sound like the same thing, and I've seen an older mare do this too. The mare was about 15 if I remember correctly, and was a very high strung ottb who barrel raced.
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Would an older horse still do baby face or could it be something else? My horse sometimes makes what people in this thread has described as baby face. Usually does it when facing me and untacked. I just assumed he was begging for a snack and being weird! He does bare his teeth while working sometimes too - with and without a bit.
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It looks very similar to the photo I found on google that's attached above ^^ it's not an identical facial expression, but it's pretty close! But what gets me is he doesn't even have a bit in his mouth?
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That horse does have a bit in btw ;)

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