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post #31 of 38 Old 08-06-2012, 09:14 PM
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It's mostly a baby thing but some adult horses never loose the habit.
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post #33 of 38 Old 08-09-2012, 11:14 PM
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Is it something like this? This is a kinda strange baby. Most babies don't bite their tongue while doing it, they clack their teeth. My 2 year old still does it when she is confronted. I'm sure a mature horse could still do it too. But you never know. Your cousins horse could've just had a bad habit. Doesn't mean that your baby and this horse do the same motion for the same reason.
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post #34 of 38 Old 08-07-2013, 08:21 AM
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I think it's a quirk. We have had this horse for almost a year now - he's an Icelandic cross. Only does it while he's working. We've had his teeth looked at, shows no sign of pain at all.. just does it. Even without a bit - in a bitless bridle, and in a hackamore, and even when my daughter just throws some reins onto his halter and rides. He will still do this in halter. http://jodieotte.com/wp-content/uplo...SC_4629WEB.jpg
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No it was definitely not the flemin. But yes, clacking his teeth together! He didn't have his ears pinned and he didn't seem uncomfortable or anything, that's why its so weird to me'
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I used to work as a vet tech with racehorses and many around the 2 year old mark, once they started their training etc, would do this (horses would trailer in to our facility for scoping/ lameness check/ fluoroscoping so this was a very stressful experience for some youngsters). They would kind of lift up their top lip just a little and kind of grind/ clack their teeth together. This is generally a stress response when young minds are learning new things.

Nothing to be worried about, some horses just cope differently with new scenarios, especially when they are having a tough time understanding what you are asking.

If it becomes a constant thing though, it could result is grinding down the front teeth further than they should be (similar to a cribbers teeth).

Once a bit is introduced it may help break the habit, especially if there are rollers etc on the bit for something for him to kind his mind busy.
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post #36 of 38 Old 08-08-2013, 11:40 AM
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My horse does it and she is 20. I ride without a bit or a saddle and she still does it. She pulls her lips back and does very small chomps and will foam. I think it is a stress response or pain in my horse.
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post #37 of 38 Old 08-09-2013, 11:04 AM
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I think it's baby horse clacking too.
Or...ever see a little kid really concentrating on a test or homework? Mouth open, tongue darting in and out. Odd little faces.

Think it's a baby horse thinking about his task and trying to be a good boy.
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post #38 of 38 Old 08-09-2013, 12:29 PM
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Its totally a habit they pick up as a baby. I've got one at home who does it! He mostly does it out in the heard at other horses when he's scared or nervous. I saw him do it for the first time at 4 months to our older gelding. He's 3 now and just did it yesterday to the head mare in our heard.
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