Odd behavior in yearling

My name is Danna and I have a question. I know you probably get tons of e-mail but please try to answer mine.My name is Danna and I have a question. I know you probably get tons of e-mail but please try to answer mine.

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MS

Dr. Lowder,

Hi. My name is Danna and I have a question. I know you probably get tons of e-mail but please try to answer mine.

I just bought a 1 year old gelding and when I go out to see him he starts this thing with his mouth. It looks like he is yawning and his tongue hangs out. At first we thought this was a submisive thing but he does it when I’m not out there. What is he doing?

Sincerely,
Danna

Dear Danna,

It could just be a habit or he may have something stuck in his mouth. Have your vet do a complete oral exam.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder