Hey really mouthy, likes to nip and lip you or anything else (want to fix before it could turn into biting)
Corporal, (1982-2009, RIP) was mouthy, Cup & Cakes is a little mouthy, and my QH Buster is a recovering "mouthaholic."
I'll tell you how I'm curing Buster.
--First, I NEVER hand feed a mouthy horse. Remarkably horses are SO SMART
that if you put a treat on the ground they remember
that you gave it to them!!
--Keep your fingers and your face WAY away from mouthy horses even after you fix the behavior.
Mouthy horses feed their addiction--you thought I was joking?--by playing with things. Buster puts his rubber grain bowl and his Jolly Ball through the window in the shelter to the barn almost every day. He also wants to chew on the handles of my wheelbarrow when I'm cleaning in the shelter with him.
--Wear boots that can house a small crop. You MUST consider your own safety first and horses respond to visual movement, so you probably will just have to wave it instead of smacking with it, but don't hesitate to smack once with it if your safety is at risk.
--Say, "NO" when he tries to chew on your clothes, or lips any part of your body
, and follow it up the first time with a healthy SMACK accompanied by another "No." You gotta play "head broodmare" here.
Reagrding the other problems...I hope you really like this horse, bc you're going to have to start him over breaking as if he was a 2yo to REALLY get a riding horse out of him. Quite frankly, I wouldn't want to, but that's just MHO.
Clinton Anderson has an excellent begining course called, "Lunging for Respect." I think you really need it for this horse. Let us know how everything turns out. =D @cmarie, I understand your logic with the thumbtack, but a crop never put out an eye, so I would not recommend it.