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  • Lip flapping?

    So my horse will be going around the ring and randomly start shaking his head and flapping his lips like crazy. He will do it everytime i change directions or just randomly..anybody know what this could mean and how to correct it?
    My trainer has had me just turn his head all the way around my leg everytime he does that and then leg yield him out and that has seemed to help him a little bit. I just didnt know if any of ya'll had experience with this or other suggestions.
    Thank you!

  • #2
    Is this your new horse that you recently posted video of?
    Are you using the same type of bit, noseband etc that they had on him?
    Otherwise could be allergies.... are you in an indoor or outdoor ring when he does this? Did he just suddenly start doing this or was it a gradual thing? Some horses do start these behaviors as an avoidance but head shaking usually has a reason other then avoiding work. Also maybe have his teeth looked at.
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    • #3
      I have a mare that smacks her lips too, no head tossing though. I think it's boredom because she only does it in the ring, not on the trails. But would be interested in hearing if anyone has any suggestions for stopping this. It's kinda funny to listen to popping noise, but not very attractive if she were in the show ring.
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      • #4
        All during my junior years I competed a mare that did this constantly. Her lower lip would just flap flap smack smack smack the whole time she was ridden. At the time, most of the trainers and vets said it was just a habit thing. We fiddled with bits and nosebands and nothing made a difference. It never seemed to affect our scores and none of the judges ever remarked on it in dressage or hunter rings.
        There may be more info on this now, but back then it was just a funny habit she had.


        • Original Poster

          Originally posted by BigRuss1996 View Post
          Is this your new horse that you recently posted video of?
          Are you using the same type of bit, noseband etc that they had on him?
          Otherwise could be allergies.... are you in an indoor or outdoor ring when he does this? Did he just suddenly start doing this or was it a gradual thing? Some horses do start these behaviors as an avoidance but head shaking usually has a reason other then avoiding work. Also maybe have his teeth looked at.
          Yes, this is the new horse that i just posted video of. Whenever i rode him in Georgia he still did it a little bit but only whenever i was walking him around so thats why i feel like it could be boredom. The trainer said its just a habit that they havent really tried to break. I'm using the same type noseband, but the bit i rode him in Georgia was an elevator bc he uses that for jumping, im using a loose ring french link snaffle right now.
          But the allergies is a good point, he isnt used to indoors i dont think so that could be it. Thank you for the input!

          However, it is very funny to watch him do it in the mirror haha..he is also very interested at staring in the mirror i dont think he has ever seen one before haha.


          • #6
            My mare flaps her lower lip when she's nervous.It does sound funny-pop,pop,pop, but I feel so badly for her. I can help her out of it pretty quickly now.