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    11-17-2011, 11:07 AM
  #11
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You should be trying to fix the problem of her kicking, not only reinforcing the wall to keep her from kicking through it. Do you know why exactly she kicks? I also would not tolerate having a kicker and I don't think hobbles are abuse at all.
     
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    11-17-2011, 12:00 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Darrin    
You have to be careful not to make your wall to stiff, you want it to flex but not give. Reinforce it to much and your mare might as well be kicking a concrete wall and get injured. Have you considered hanging stall mats on the wall? Those will cushion the blow and prevent her from going through the wall.

Personally I wont have that type of horse on my property and would sell her but that's me. Dad taught me with cows to cull out the obnoxious, difficult and ones that refuse to stay in the fence line for a more harmonious herd. The theory works well with horses too.
That's a good idea, and I've seen a few stables like that too! Don't know why I didn't think of that. :p Thank you. LOL.

Going to the tack shop on the way home to order some mats!

I would, but she's a my state barrel horse. The one thing I won't take is cribbing. If I go to look at a horse and their stall is all cribbed to death then I'll go look at another.

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Originally Posted by mls    
My two cents -

It's not abuse - a smart horse is learns it is only hurting itself.

The hobbles didn't hurt the horse, the fact that it was kicking did.

Kicking through wood is bad enough but kicking through tin is worse.
Well hun that's your opinion; we all have one.
She isn't kicking through tin.
The horse wouldn't have gotten hurt and unable to ride if the hobbles hadn't been used so I don't see how you think that.

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Originally Posted by amp23    
You should be trying to fix the problem of her kicking, not only reinforcing the wall to keep her from kicking through it. Do you know why exactly she kicks? I also would not tolerate having a kicker and I don't think hobbles are abuse at all.
She kicks because she is bored, and I said that in the very first post.
And like I said its my opinion, and how I feel towards hobbling.
     
    11-17-2011, 12:00 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by amp23    
You should be trying to fix the problem of her kicking, not only reinforcing the wall to keep her from kicking through it. Do you know why exactly she kicks? I also would not tolerate having a kicker and I don't think hobbles are abuse at all.
Depending on the construction that may very well be the issue. Who knows it could be put together with twine for all we know and chewed through or rotted from water damage. If it were properly constructed I don't think this would even be a concern.
     
    11-17-2011, 12:03 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Ok I just looked in her album and the stalls I saw would be a problem for many horses. They are not constructed well and are the issue. Calm horses that like their buddy may be ok but not for an Alpha mare. My horse would lean on them and get through to the buddy's food.
     
    11-17-2011, 12:42 PM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by churumbeque    
Ok I just looked in her album and the stalls I saw would be a problem for many horses. They are not constructed well and are the issue. Calm horses that like their buddy may be ok but not for an Alpha mare. My horse would lean on them and get through to the buddy's food.
That was from the old place I lived at, not my new place.
     
    11-17-2011, 12:48 PM
  #16
Weanling
Also, I talked to the owner of the barn and I'm moving her to a different stall that has individual turn out and all I have to do is fix the old stall she was in. Good deal, I think since usually I'd have to pay extra for that kind of stall.
     
    11-17-2011, 01:01 PM
  #17
Trained
2 x 6 horizontal boards should be strong enough. They need to be on the inside of her stall, or she might kick them outside of her stall. The reinforcing 2 x 4's should be vertical and placed about 2' apart. It sounds like a lot of wood, but you won't have to build it twice. I get extra leftover wood at Lowe's on Mondays, after the suburbanites have bought their wood over the weekend, had it cut there, but they don't want to store the extra pieces, so they LEAVE THEM. Believe it or not, Lowe's THROWS IT AWAY, if somebody like me doesn't buy it at a discount, which is currently $1/piece. ;D
I think your mare is displaying food aggression, so I have a few things to check that might help. =D
First, is her hay/grain fed on the wall adjacent to another horse? If so, could you move it away from all other stall walls so that she doesn't think she needs to compete for it?
Second, put some treats in ONLY her grain--my personal preferance is carrots bc I think that they are most digestable, but ANY treat that she prefers would do. Feed her this for maybe, every day for a full month, then gradually reduce and stop the treats. This will form a habit for her, and she needs a good amount of time to readjust. She'll feel "special" and relieved that she will no longer have to guard her food.
I know a LOT about this bc I've kept/fed/grained my horses outside (inside, too, for the past decade) for over 26 years and they compete for food, even if they'll full!! Even now, I am graining my 3 horses under the fence with buckets, and they're placed according to how far apart they need to be to keep all of them happy. The only horse who could use a few extra pounds is my herd leader, and he always gets first dibs.
     
    11-17-2011, 01:27 PM
  #18
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SRCM16    
Also, I talked to the owner of the barn and I'm moving her to a different stall that has individual turn out and all I have to do is fix the old stall she was in. Good deal, I think since usually I'd have to pay extra for that kind of stall.
So your boarding this horse? You don't own the barn? If I was your BO I would have kicked you out.

Why is night turnout not an option?

Your horse is distressed. You need to get her to stop, not mae things harder to break. You think hobbles are abuse, what do you think she is doing to herself? I think she's abusing her self. She going to end up hurt. You will no longer have a sounds barrel horse if she keeps that up.
     
    11-17-2011, 01:38 PM
  #19
Showing
If being in a stall is so problematic for her, then why not leave her outside? She's feeling trapped. If she doesn't like the horse in the next stall or is afraid, she can't get away from it. Because of this she may be wanting to drive it away. Because she is so stressed you might consider whether she's developing ulcers over this.
     
    11-17-2011, 05:14 PM
  #20
Started
I have never heard of a horse kicking solely out of boredom, that's why I asked again why exactly she kicks. Others have given you good advice and their thoughts on things, and I think you should consider the possibility that there is more to it than just her being bored.
     

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