Why Do Young Horses Champ Their Mouths?

Q. Why do foals and young horses gum their mouths toward older horses?

A. This is a behavior I’ve always called “champing.” Many call it “snapping,” but it goes by a lot of names. The foal will lower and extend his head and neck and make gestures that look like open-mouth chewing, but the lips are pulled back and its jaw doesn’t completely close. T

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