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post #1 of 6 Old 07-19-2019, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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Chewing Preventing Training

I recently adopted a mustang yearling. He is coming along very well and learns quickly. However, there’s is a very large problem. He always has to have something in his mouth when I’m messing with him. He tries to eat the halter as I’m putting it on, he has the lead rope in his mouth when I leading, has to hold it in his mouth when I’m grooming him or he won’t stand still, reaches to get it when it’s draped over his back, and if he can’t reach it it looks like a dog trying to chase his tail. And if I won’t let him put it in his mouth, he tries to chew on my horse holster, my shirt, my arm. It’s hindering our training a lot. I have no idea how to get him out of it or why he does it. He’s always done it. I know babies chew on stuff, but this is different. It’s almost like it’s a security blanket or something, but he is far from an anxious horse. He is probably the most chill horse I’ve ever seen in my life. Any tips on how to break him of it or why he does it? Would making the lead rope taste bad work?
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-19-2019, 08:14 AM
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A couple Warwick Schiller thoughts on that topic:


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I would probably take the approach of redirecting him to chew only certain things, rather than disciplining him. First, because babies are babies. If he puts his mouth on you and your clothes, that'd be a correction. Not nessisarily punishment, just a correction. He's not being malicious, just a baby.

My horse chews his rope. He'll grab it when he's bored and gnaw a little. Doesn't really bother me.

Could just be the moment in time in that photo, but he does look anxious in the picture.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-19-2019, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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My horse chews his rope. He'll grab it when he's bored and gnaw a little. Doesn't really bother me.

Could just be the moment in time in that photo, but he does look anxious in the picture.
It’s not boredom. He does it when I’m actively trying to get him to do something also. And he’s not anxious, he just looks that way because he is greying and it’s turning faster above his eye.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-20-2019, 01:54 AM
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I have one that was just like that. He eventually grew out of it for the most part but on rare occasions will still stuff as much as the lead rope as he can in his mouth when standing tied.

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My pony is 11 and still does this I find it quite funny we trained him to pick up his bucket when he's finished eating and if we're not quick enough chucks it over stable door! He's done it with water buckets before (water went everywhere) he just likes holding things. I think maybe it's just a maturity thing.
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