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post #1 of 10 Old 07-21-2008, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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very, very, VERY mouthy pony!

I am breaking in a 4 1/2 year old 11 hand pony who is EXTREMELY mouthy! He isn't nasty, in fact, he's got a really sweet temperament and I think he just wants to play. I don't want to hit him everytime he does it because he hasn't been handled much and I believe this approach could make him headshy. He chews absoultely everything! I've try bumping his nose away with my elbow etc but he keeps coming back and trying to chew again! Arrgghhh! Its so frustrating! Everything else in the breaking-in process is going perfectly. Please help!

When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ~William Shakespeare
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-21-2008, 09:26 PM
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My gelding was mouthy too...

Pop him under the chin, with a lead rope or your fist! It doesn't make them headshy. And if you can reach, smack his shoulder or chest (lead rope advised). My gelding was also mouthy, and I found that it helped to keep something in his mouth, like, tie a rope around behind his ears and put it in his mouth, almost like a bridle (it really helps in getting them used to the bit, too!)
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-21-2008, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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ok i'll try that. I don't really want to give him something else to chew on like a leadrope though, I want to break this habit! He is (hopefully) going to be a kids riding pony so chewing on everything isn't a habit you want a kids pony to have!

When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ~William Shakespeare
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-21-2008, 10:25 PM
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I just got the "Bitter Yuck" spray for my very mouthy gelding. It works! I sprayed it on his leadrope and reins, and although he is still daring enough to try popping them into his mouth, he spits them right back out. I think after a while of experiencing "yuck" everytime he mouths them that eventually he'll stop!
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-22-2008, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
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Bitter Yuck spray? Hmmm where can I get that from? And does it damage clothes? Lol I'll need to plaster my jeans in it! Today when doing some backing work, he didn't mind me leaning over him because he was busy chomping away on my jeans

When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ~William Shakespeare
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-22-2008, 08:59 AM
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I picked it up at Tractor Supply Company. If you have those and can't find it in the horse section, check the dog section. They also have a website. I think it is www.tsc.com . It is fabric safe, however, if he is nipping at YOU you might want to let him know you are serious with smacking him on his chest (or cheek if he is as persistent and hard-headed as my boy is), or back him up with a vengeance rather than letting him have a chance to taste the "Bitter Yuck!" It does work well for reins and leadropes, a friend is trying it now on the side of the barn where her horse has started chewing.
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-22-2008, 03:46 PM
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OOOOOPPS! It is www.tractorsupply.com, not the other!
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-22-2008, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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he chews everything! And he only chews me when he knows I can't get to him.

E.g. When I'm leaning over his back, turns around and chews my jeans. I don't want to get off and teach him that he can get me off his back by chewing me. I try kicking my leg to get him off with litle sucess.... I think I need some bitter yuck!!!

When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ~William Shakespeare
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-22-2008, 07:53 PM
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He sounds a lot like my 7 year old mare. It took me a year after buying her to break her of the habit. I would give her a little pinch on the nose whenever she chewed on me. Sometimes it was tough to correct her becuase she would do something really funny, like grab the hat on my head and run around with it! It was so naughty but really funny so I had to really concentrate on not laughing and scold her for it.
Good luck on teaching the pony not to chew. I hope the yuck stuff helps!
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