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Geralyn Lind    Posted 03-29-2004 at 16:04:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a 10 month old filly. I own her Mom. The baby is a nibbler/ Mom never has. Is this normal for her age or a vice. Would appreciate any feedback on experience. This is our first foal and have another on the way. She has also been in the feild with a stallion. Is he teaching her this? Thanks

cowgirlj    Posted 03-30-2004 at 10:10:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Nibbling is a normal thing for babies. Like Judy said, biting is not acceptable. My colt still nibbles everything, he's 3 this year. He picks things up with his mouth and tastes everything he can. He also likes to carry things around in his mouth. I stopped him from biting by driving him away from me and making him run or lounge when he'd bite, much like a lead mare would do in a herd. The biter gets pushed out of the herd and made to stay on the outskirts to think about it! I also use his natural curiousity to my advantage by massaging his mouth and lips to ready him for accepting the bit. He loves it when I stick a thumb in each of his cheeks and rub the insides of his mouth. I also play with his nostrils and ears in much the same way.

Donna from Mo    Posted 03-29-2004 at 17:24:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
You might go to the following link, scroll down to "equine" and post your question there. I've gotten some good horse information on that board.

Judy in IN    Posted 03-30-2004 at 06:21:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Nibbling is how the young horse investigates it's world. If you'll watch closely, you'll notice that baby will have her mouth on EVERYTHING! If you're scratching her, she's just returning the favor, just as she would another horse. you'll have to teach her that BITING is not acceptable to you.

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