My newish horse has started a new habit. He HAS to put everything in his mouth. The halter when haltering, all parts of the bridle, the lead rope when tied, the cross ties....and most annoying is his reins. He has ruined his new leather reins so now I am using rope reins. How do I get this behavior to stop? He will reach around and grab the reins while I am mounting or riding, it is so annoying.
I have tried a sharp no! And taking whatever is in his mouth away from him, but its too much like a game to him. I don't want to do anything to make him headshy, he is almost 18 HH. I do not hand feed him either.
His teeth are great, we havent changed tack (except we got a saddle that fits instead of being too narrow). I generally put him in a flash when we ride, but it is super loose (2 fingers) and he will even try to get that in his mouth. I thought about putting no chew on my rope reins and let him figure it out for himself. Any suggestions?