A few weeks ago, Kinsale was kicked while out playing with a buddy. The net
result was two weeks of rest and an increasingly nervous, fat thoroughbred (he
even reverted to stud-like behavior; everyone is going deaf from his loving
conversations with the sexier mares in the barn :-)).
Before this convalescence period, Kinsale had nearly perfect ground manners.
He's sweet, gentle and careful around people (even tho a firecracker under
saddle !). It seems that his wandering mind has provoked him to start nipping,
however, while standing in cross ties. He doesn't reach behind to catch me
while I'm grooming or tacking - it only seems to happen when I'm standing in
front of him trying to brush his face (he nips to the side towards my hands).
BTW - he *likes* having his face brushed - will even drop his head down for
I immediately stopped the treats in case they were provoking the mouthy
behavior, although he's never received them on a regular basis. At this point,
I don't know what else to try. I want to put a stop to this ASAP before it
becomes a permanent habit but don't want to provoke head-shy problems by
hitting him with my hand.
I know there's been discussion on this in the past, but I can't remember any of
the good ideas. HELP before my Dr. Jekyl turns into Mr. Hyde !!
Liza and Kinsale (the mouth)