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    07-16-2008, 09:44 AM
Thank you Barefoot! So, it WILL work for his reins, and I will try it on his lead rope as well. He usually won't mouth the other things if he is out grazing normally, which is why those things aren't an issue...but chewing on the reins is really annoying! Makes leading difficult!
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    07-16-2008, 12:49 PM
My gelding is the same way, I just don't let them near his face. Problem solved!
    07-16-2008, 02:29 PM
Originally Posted by laceyf53
My gelding is the same way, I just don't let them near his face. Problem solved!
Ah, your horse obviously doesn't have the "rubber lips" that can stretch past the shank of his bit to the yummy leather below.
Leo (my horse I mentioned) could reach just about anything and then will snatch his face away and blink at you-it was a game to him. He loved to suck as much rein or lead rope in and gum it all up and spit it back out. Very clever horse. He also loved to drink coke and would purposly knock over any can to see if it has some of that sugar water in it...he was even courteous enough to set upright again when he was done. Leaving us to wonder "who drank my pop, and why is the trailer fender so sticky?" LOL

Another fav. Trick was to sidle up next to my mom (he only did this to her) and if she had a hooded jacket with strings..he would quickly snatch the string and zip it out of the hood and run a few feet, stop and swing it in circles. :roll: He never did it with the rest of the family, so something about HER strings were fun. That horse was (still is-Mom still has him) a hoot.
    07-16-2008, 03:01 PM
Make sure he doesnt like bitter apple before you dose his stuff up-i used it for my German Shepherd and she ate everything in the house-really=everything she loves bitter -go figure- your horse may too
I agree with M2G-keep stuff out of his reach
    07-16-2008, 08:35 PM
Barefoot, you must know my horse...."rubber lips!" I have him in a full cheek snaffle, so it really isn't too easy to keep the reins away from his mouth. His lips reach out and around to grab the reins where they clip onto the bit and he doesn't strain at all to get them!

Kirsti, thanks for the hint on testing the bitter spray. Knowing my luck, I would have drowned his reins in the stuff only to have him go crazy over the stuff!
    07-17-2008, 11:11 AM
Here is a partial list just for your entertainment
3 sofas, futon, all the wiring for big screen tv, remote, vcr bitten in 1/2, carpeting in family room, and lounge chair totaly destroyed heheheeh stil love the dog!!!!! Dog trainer came in and handed her a lemon which she happily ate-a whole lemon with the zest!!! We moved on to other training
My other leased horse Romeo also loved bitter-
Wish you the best and stay cool!
    07-17-2008, 03:09 PM
Kirsti, that's awful! Sounds like your dear puppy didn't miss anything...everything made it to her mouth!
I picked up some "Bitter Yuck" spray today. I tested it and it is yucky! I still have a little of the nasty taste in my mouth (no I didn't spray it in my mouth, got a small amount on the hand, waited for it to dry and had a small lick). I didn't ride today as we are nursing a leg injury, but I did try it on his lead. I have a rope halter/lead combo (no snap, just a knot). Where the knot is, he constantly tucks his head to grab and undo the tail end to suck on. The "Bitter Yuck" went on that tail and I can guarantee that he does not like it, the face he made was too funny! He won't be chewing on it again! I can't wait to try the reins!
    07-17-2008, 03:38 PM
Hmm.. my horse rides in a D ring snaffle and unless I'm leading him too far forward, the rein never rotated to the side where he can grab it. When I lunge him, I twist the reins several times so that they can't be reached by his mouth. I guess maybe because your reins are snap on that's why they can rotate to where he can reach them.
    07-17-2008, 04:04 PM
I would give the bitter spray a try on things that are common targets for him, but it might just be that he is very mouthy/oral in his personality. It might also improve with each year that he ages and matures. My stallion is very into putting things in his mouth, but used to be much worse. He is six now, and pretty much only mouths on his lead rope when I step away from him when he is tied. He used to put all sorts of things in him mouth. I never encouraged him in mouthing things, but I did not reprimand him either. I simply took the items out of his mouth, and went on with my business. Now, I ocassionally give him my crop to hold in his mouth, which he mouths for a few seconds and then drops on the ground...

You could try to bitter up un-approved items, and then come up with an okay to mouth item that you carry and give him during the times when he is trying to mouth other things. Take away the no-no item, and put the okay one in his mouth. :) No idea

Honestly, if he is not hurting himself, and you get the things out of his mouth right away, I don't see it as a huge problem. If he does it in him pen, maybe get a couple of horse approved toys like the jolly ball, and maybe some sort of hanging lick for him.

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