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I need some ideas: My 2 year old mustang colt has been giving me lip. I suspect that he's starting to get a little bored with our arena ground work. He's smart as a whip and picks things up in a flash, which means it can be tricky to keep him engaged and interested once he feels he knows something. I first got him and began gentling him in October, and now he's getting just confident enough to express a differing opinion.
He's starting to be a little nosey/nibbly. There haven't been any teeth involved just yet, but he's making some of the motions like he's thinking of nipping. I'd like to nip it in the bud before he gets too mouthy, but I don't want to risk making him headshy either... so I need advice on how best to reprimand him when he snakes that head out at me and catches the arm of my jacket with his lips.
I'll be upping the ante with his groundwork too. Any ideas for new groundwork activities to try are also appreciated. He knows basic longeing, round penning, walk/trot/halt/backing in hand, he yields his hindquarters and shoulders, he stands to be saddled/girthed, and he's been introduced to most "scary" things like plastic bags, spray bottles, cones, tarps, etc.