Dubai is now 4, 17hh and bulking up to be a nice chunky WB. He is very fit, but an absolute doll.
I just have one issue. I know I shouldn't humanize him, but he is like a toddler!
He keeps putting everything in his mouth. I mean EVERYTHING.
Tied up, he will chew his leadrope. He sucks and chews but doesn't break it. This wouldn't be such an issue but he sometimes gets stuck in to it and freaks and pulls back. So, I put some anti cribbing paste on it (and touched my eye OW)
He likes the taste of it
Picking his feet out, he tries to lip at my bum, or take the hoof pick.
Coats he likes to hold on to collars.
He will take baseball caps and woolley hats off.
I don't feed him by hand ever, and I will firmly use the headcollar or leadrope to move his head away. He gets the message and will stand there. But the next time, he goes again.
Two days ago I lost my rag with him a bit.. I've been very ill and I am exhausted. Grooming him he was fine and he started pratting around with the leadrope. I gave him a whack under the belly. He stood there fine.. but the next day when I went to groom he started again! It is the leadrope thing I am most worried about as I am scared he will get it wrapped around his jaw somehow and pull back.
Any training ideas? In every other aspect he is a very well behaved, fine young gentleman but this mouthing business is driving me nuts as I don't then want a young child or someone unhorsey to be put in a situation where it goes from "cute" to not so cute if you get my drift.
Oh.. teeth were also done in Dec and had a check up last month when dentist was on the yard looking at a friend's horse.