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post #21 of 37 Old 01-04-2012, 02:02 AM
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If the stalls are not designed in such a way that the horses cannot reach each other through the boards/slats/bars/whatever, and you are aware of this, then you are just as much to blame as the BO. I also find it rather sad that your horse, on account of being a "valuable show pony," does not get to live a natural lifestyle and interact normally with other horses--being a social animal and all. If the other horses in the barn are kept in a similar manner, it's pretty easy to see how they could develop neurotic vices and start chewing on things....bored out of their minds, got to find something to do.
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post #22 of 37 Old 01-04-2012, 11:01 AM
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My mare lost almost half of the mane once (was all chewed off). Took forever (over a year) to grow it back. I was furious (because there WAS a reason why it was chewed off, some POS spat or threw something sweet (like a candy) on mane and left it there), BUT weird things happen. You can't do much except moving your horse in your own place.

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My mare lost almost half of the mane once (was all chewed off). Took forever (over a year) to grow it back. I was furious (because there WAS a reason why it was chewed off, some POS spat or threw something sweet (like a candy) on mane and left it there), BUT weird things happen. You can't do much except moving your horse in your own place.

I'm really sorry Val.. that DID make me chuckle though!

Animals are animals, but I think people have to realise its still upsetting, and the OP IS upset, the horse makes its livelihood from showing- not that I agree that it should be stabled up.
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post #24 of 37 Old 01-04-2012, 11:16 AM
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I do understand that this is horse behavior, but at the same time think this could have been prevented. I am in no way trying to make ridiculous claims, just wondering what people's experiences were in the past. If it were me owning the boarding facility, I would probably give at least a months free board or do something to compensate, but maybe that is just me. All I am doing is looking for advice from you guys since you are all so helpful. :)
They are horses. You can't say 'no no' and expect them to listen. How do you think it could of been prevented?

If you think about it - the pony stood still for his tail to be chewed.

Just saying . . .
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Hopefully this will make you feel a little bit better. This is a year later! (he fell asleep with his tail in the water bucket... The water froze...)
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post #26 of 37 Old 01-04-2012, 11:22 AM
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How devastating! I'd start with MTG & bag it. Will he still be near the culprit? If so, I'd be spraying his tail with something yuk tasting (listerine, cayenne pepper, etc)
OUCH! My name is Cayenne (spelt Kaiann)! I don't taste THAT bad!! Lol jk!

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post #27 of 37 Old 01-04-2012, 11:43 AM
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You can't do much except moving your horse in your own place.
Eh, moving them home won't prevent them from getting their tails or manes chewed. It'll just be their herd buddies who do it, instead of some other person's horse. Ask me how I know this.

Sorry OP, I know how annoying it is to find a mane/tail gone, but it's just horse nature and it's nobody's fault. Sh*te happens, and your BO is most likely too busy notice whose horses are allowing themselves to be made into a chew toy.
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post #28 of 37 Old 01-04-2012, 11:58 AM
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Eh, moving them home won't prevent them from getting their tails or manes chewed. It'll just be their herd buddies who do it, instead of some other person's horse. Ask me how I know this.
Oh, you are absolutely right, SR, but then in your own place you have no other person to blame but yourself.

I have to say I never had it happen since I moved my mares to my place (and they can't get to each other in stalls because I have a high grill in between - enjoy the company but no biting/chewing).

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(he fell asleep with his tail in the water bucket... The water froze...)

We need to start a thread of the things our horses do, that is just funny
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post #30 of 37 Old 01-04-2012, 01:44 PM
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We need to start a thread of the things our horses do, that is just funny
I had one that was scratching his butt on his water bucket and get his tail totally wrapped around the handle of it. When he pulled forward, he left a good chunk of tail left wrapped around that handle. I was mad as heck at him, but figured it was pay backs for eating his momma's tail off when he was a little guy. I can't blame it on boredom, they lived outside at the time, I guess it just tasted good!
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