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post #1 of 13 Old 12-29-2011, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Stallion doing weird biting thing

For starters, my stallion is a very very good boy. Very well trained and very respectful.

He's started doing this weird thing. Only when he's in his stall, and only when I go in to put his halter on him, to lead him out to pasture. As I walk in, he starts to bite. Not biting at me, not in my space at all. But he stands there and bites the air over and over. Not cribbing or wind sucking, but just standing there biting and clenching.

What the heck is he doing? And why did he start this all of a sudden? I will try to get a video of it too. Shouldn't be too hard.
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post #2 of 13 Old 12-29-2011, 12:41 AM
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Sounds like a stable vice of some sort.
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Its so weird because he literally just started doing it maybe 2 weeks ago. And NOTHING has changed. We've had him for 6 years, and nothing has changed. I had a mare die about 6 weeks ago, but other then that everything's been consistent.
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Probably the reason he invented some way to release endorphins....nothing changed, that's how stable vices are born.
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So how do I correct it? Or is it something that needs to be corrected?
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Sounds like he may have developed a stomach ulcer and this is his reaction to the pain - sort of cribbing without actually biting anything.
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But he doesn't ever do it any other time. The only time he does is it when I'm putting his halter on to bring him out. He doesn't do it when I put his halter on to bring him IN. He doesn't do it at feeding time, or at any other time.
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OK - sounds like a real character.
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Could you get a video of it? What I'm picturing is like a young horse/foal mouthing to an older horse. Basically a submissive gesture.
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As long as he's not hurting himself, let him do it, as I can't think of a way to correct a stable vice like that. Does sound kinda different.
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