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Re: [RC] Yearling mouthiness - heidi

and what else can I do to get him to keep his mouth to himself? <<<

Whack him. <gasp!>  If he were to bite another horse, they would "bite
back". Let him know this is NOT acceptable behavior. He'll get bored
with the bit soon enough, and go back to placing his mouth
elsewhere...probably on you.

To take this one step further, in a herd setting, he would be swooped upon
and pursued by a more dominant horse if he pulled this stuff.  People make
the mistake of trying to whack mouthy younguns in the head--that just
makes them head-shy and makes a game of it.  If they nip, ATTACK them! 
Get BIG, use your hand like teeth, and swoop at them in the ribs--and
"bite" them just as if you were the alpha horse.  Let them know, "Not in
MY herd!"

Ed is also right, though--with colts, gelding is a big help.



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[RC] Yearling mouthiness, Jonni