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post #11 of 15 Old 04-24-2013, 03:58 PM
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Willow twigs? As in.. just twigs of willow.. don't laugh too hard, we don't get the things you lot get!

It is the leadrope chewing that gets me the most in case of injury!
Hun, that's a German trick, lol.....haven't heard anybody here doing it.
Fact is that twigs and bark are part of horse's natural diet. Especially in early spring that's where the "juice" is.
I had a thief as others described....would take anything in his mouth, untie knots, steal buckets, farrier hats, take off with tools and when I was picking poop, would wait until I was off to get the last one and dump the full wheelbarrow then take off tail straight up, laughing. He did eventually quit....when he was 18....
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post #12 of 15 Old 04-24-2013, 04:10 PM
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He may grow out of it. My gelding was horrifically mouthy until age 6, he never bit or nipped anyone but he just couldn't keep his mouth off things (and he got a ton of hand-fed treats from my kids).

He finally got the hint except when you pick out his right front foot or the farrier is working on it, he snuffles under your shirt and LICKS you! If you tuck your shirt in, he will attempt to snuffle it back out and if he can't, he will spend the entire time snuffling around on your shirt with his lips. Stand like a rock for the other 3 feet.... it's just the right front and he does it to everyone... I have given up.... he's happy, content, doesn't use his teeth and it's only that foot. I just have to remember to warn other people because it's a bit freaky when a giant horse muzzle start snuffling around your back/butt!
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He may grow out of it. My gelding was horrifically mouthy until age 6, he never bit or nipped anyone but he just couldn't keep his mouth off things (and he got a ton of hand-fed treats from my kids).

He finally got the hint except when you pick out his right front foot or the farrier is working on it, he snuffles under your shirt and LICKS you! If you tuck your shirt in, he will attempt to snuffle it back out and if he can't, he will spend the entire time snuffling around on your shirt with his lips. Stand like a rock for the other 3 feet.... it's just the right front and he does it to everyone... I have given up.... he's happy, content, doesn't use his teeth and it's only that foot. I just have to remember to warn other people because it's a bit freaky when a giant horse muzzle start snuffling around your back/butt!
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post #14 of 15 Old 04-24-2013, 04:18 PM
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HAH!

Everyone kept telling me he needed more salt. Well the dingbat has a salt block AND a mineral block in his stall and his turnout. I gave him loose salt in a bin (bad idea... stooopid ate half of it, then drank a billion gallons of water and flooded his stall and a good 1/3 of the barn), I even added salt to his feed.

Still does it.... yesterday, he had a giant wad of mud/hay stuck on the bottom of that foot so I asked my lil kiddo to go find me hoof pick. Being the determined child that she is, she grabbed his foot to pick it out instead of giving me the pick, he started snuffling and she FREAKED! About fell over!
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I have two out of three lickers. Arab licks my face, eyes closed, ever so tenderly, the new appendix won our heart licking arms, hands, anything skin when we went to meet him. Both have Himalayan licks. Must be love ....
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