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    08-03-2012, 11:24 AM
  #21
Foal
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Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
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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That's what mine does, but only when being asked to do things! He's 2 but I've seen a 15 year old do it too!
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    08-03-2012, 11:27 AM
  #22
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Originally Posted by Savvy Debonair    
That horse does have a bit in btw ;)
What I meant was is what gets me is my horse doesn't have a bit in while he does it, lol, not the horse in the photo. Yeah, my horse does it without having a bit in, but the one in the pictures looks like he is chewing on its bit!
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    08-03-2012, 08:08 PM
  #23
Weanling
It is probably a quirk. Unless he is showing signs of distress, pain, or a bad attitude, I wouldn't worry too much.

Some horses like to show their teeth, some like to hang their tongue out of their mouth (drives me bonkers), and the like.
     
    08-03-2012, 08:12 PM
  #24
Foal
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Originally Posted by spurstop    
It is probably a quirk. Unless he is showing signs of distress, pain, or a bad attitude, I wouldn't worry too much.

Some horses like to show their teeth, some like to hang their tongue out of their mouth (drives me bonkers), and the like.
That's what I'm thinking it is :) something that makes him unique.
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    08-04-2012, 01:24 AM
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Are you sure he's not clenching his teeth or grinding them? Is he sucking air while he's doing it? This could indicate pain or it could be a stress relieving method for him. I've seen a number of horses do this, typically with a bit but sometimes without it. You could try giving him a massage to help relieve built up stress and see if he has any painful spots. If he's not grinding or air sucking then it's probably just a quirk. Have you got any pics or videos of him doing it himself?
     
    08-04-2012, 01:50 AM
  #26
Trained
Ever watch a young horse showing submission to an older horse? Sounds like what you are describing. Could just be he's showing submission to you instead of the normal licking his lips and looking at you like most horses his age do.
     
    08-04-2012, 12:32 PM
  #27
Foal
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Originally Posted by PunksTank    
Are you sure he's not clenching his teeth or grinding them? Is he sucking air while he's doing it? This could indicate pain or it could be a stress relieving method for him. I've seen a number of horses do this, typically with a bit but sometimes without it. You could try giving him a massage to help relieve built up stress and see if he has any painful spots. If he's not grinding or air sucking then it's probably just a quirk. Have you got any pics or videos of him doing it himself?
No he's not sucking in air or grinding, sometimes he chomps but that's it. Very quick small chomps then he stops. I've been trying to take pictures or video but this forum will not upload them from
My phone. I'm starting to think it is just a quirk..
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    08-04-2012, 01:26 PM
  #28
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I'm thinking it's the baby clacking thing as well. Maybe as a prey response to being "chased" while lunging?
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    08-04-2012, 08:35 PM
  #29
Showing
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Originally Posted by Poco1220    
I'm thinking it's the baby clacking thing as well. Maybe as a prey response to being "chased" while lunging?
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Yeah if he only does it while 'working' I too thought perhaps the 'work' is too confrontational.
     
    08-06-2012, 10:10 PM
  #30
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Originally Posted by Poco1220    
I'm thinking it's the baby clacking thing as well. Maybe as a prey response to being "chased" while lunging?
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If that's the case, then why would my cousins old mare do it too?
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