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post #1 of 4 Old 03-23-2010, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Naughty naughty foal!

ok i was sure where to post this. training or health. i'll still ask both questions but i figure health trumps training atm

#1 ok people called me today and told me sparta's muzzle was swollen on one side. so we rush over there and long behold his jaw is swollen. i feel inside and out and feel no broken bones or anything. i also got a good feel of his back teeth! i think he is knawing on his cheek. and when you feel his cheek it's rough and feels like it was scratches and such in this. no
causes for #1 either he is just teething and biting on his cheek while mouthing grass and straw. or he is bored from being in a stall all day.
solutions for #1 not sure yet. i put them in the lower pasture after an hour of fence fixing. which leads me to health question 2

#2 now that we are leaving snowflake and him in the lower pasture. how low should the temps go before i blanket him? it's suposed to get 40 something tonight was 60 today and tomarrow it's supposed to be in the 70s he's never been out unsupervised and me being the worrier is a bit worried. now granted the stall he's been in has only had 3 half walls and 1 full wall. with a roof. so he has been exposed to the cold. just not the actual wind.

now for behavior problems!

he was trying to give me kisses. and i had had enough and told him no and he started pawing me. i swatted his leg and told him no firmly. then he just switched legs and done the other. i swatted it and also told him NO!. eventually quit and went away. then when i was messing with and petting him he turned around and bit me. i told him no loudly. and kept petting him untill he calmed. he also likes to run around and buck crazily and rear. and he does sometimes come a little close so i am going to have to teach him to respect personal space.

any idea on how to go about solving these in a good way?

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post #2 of 4 Old 03-24-2010, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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bump! anyone know how to fix the chewing problem? anything i get him for teething? or is it just something i'm going to have to let him grow out of as his molars grow in?

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post #3 of 4 Old 03-25-2010, 08:45 AM
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Personally I don't really know anything to help fix the teething issue. I have done a lot of work with foals though. He is still very young, and it will take time for him to learn the rules of the game, with other horses and with people. He's a colt, so will most likely be pretty mouthy. DON'T LET IT GO! BELIEVE me, that is something you want to nip in the bud right now. Try to always be aware of what his head is doing, and immediately discourage him if he even acts like he's thinking about biting. You can stick out your elbow so he "knocks himself" and hopefully figures out thats not a good idea. I have seen people use push pins on the nose, but I don't really like it. Hitting IMO just makes it worse, it becomes a game to them. You may laugh at me but spitting on my geldings nose did wonders. It simulates a dominant mare snorting on him/puts your scent in his nose. I scoffed when it was recommended to me for my UNBELIEVABLY mouthy boy, but it works. He almost seemed offended,lol. As far as kisses go, be veeeery careful there. Since he's a nipper he could do some damage, even with hardly any teeth. Have you haltered him yet? I don't recommend leaving a halter on him but it would be good to get him used to it now. Any kind of training you do with him, keep it in very short sessions, like 10 min. He has virtually no attention span right now. And make sure to end on a good note. If you're working on backing up, and he doesn't want to, go back to something he does well and end it there. I know its so hard not to make spoiled little monsters when they're this young and cute, but its SOOOO important to start right now. Every time you work with a horse you are training it for good or ill, and its triply so for a foal. Be firm, be a leader, and you will have a great horse as he matures.
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post #4 of 4 Old 03-25-2010, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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yeah we've worked on halterin and he accepts the halter well. i just didn't have it on him that day because of him teething. and the halter is a little tight on his mouth but loose on his head. and i didn't want to make it where he would chew more on his cheek or cause the pressure of the halter to hurt him. but usually he wears it the whole time we are there. when he gives kissses i make sure it is nuzzling only or me kissing him on the nose. i try to keep him from actually licking or gumming my face. as he might not think twice about it as he gets older and actually really hurt someone. so we are definitely learning.

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