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        05-01-2014, 12:45 AM
      #11
    Foal
    Thanks! That is Angel, my baby XD

    It is always good too hear when someone takes good enough care of a horse that it lives to 30+ My uncle owns a rat tail appy, I personally like long/er mane and tails :)
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        05-01-2014, 12:56 AM
      #12
    Foal
    Hey Warrie:
    Is Angel a Black Appy? When I was a teenager I always liked that color combination, black with white blanket. My husband had a grey and black rat-tail appy from the time he was 6mo old. He lived to be 33. He still has not found ahorse to replace him. We have other horses but they are not his appy. We have 3 young horses to start working with in the next 3 years so hopefully he will bond with one of them. Thanks for the advice look forward to maybe chatting again.
         
        05-01-2014, 10:03 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    If you attach a larger adult sized bucket to a a sturdy post at a height where if he raises his leg he'll whack himself on the knee he'll figure it out pretty quick that in order to eat he has to be close and can't stomp. We have one that used to paw and it developed into flipping his feed bucket and slinging feed. Attaching it to the post just meant a return of the pawing behavior so we stood and swatted the leg with a whip when he'd start. He never completely quit but he did lessen the behavior. It was the one trait he passed reliably. We didn't get him until he was older but started the correction with the babies as soon as it started. Typically just a few taps, consistently and over time got rid of the pawing with all but one. She became a flipper as well and now her bucket is pounded into the center of a tire. She doesn't paw or flip.
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        05-01-2014, 11:06 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    As far as feed goes, I let them. We put them in wood or rubber stalls and let them go at it. I feel like its a shame to get mad at a horse for enjoying its dinner.

    When tied is another thing entirely.
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        05-01-2014, 06:18 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    I like what QtrBel said. That could work. I am wary of putting things on horses' legs. Even what they do in trick training to get the horse to bow or lie down (putting ropes around their legs) gets me nervous. And my old BO used to let her horses run around in the round pen (or elsewhere) with a lead rope trailing around his feet. Made me so nervous.

    Anyway, as far as pawing when fed, I wouldn't worry too much about it. If you are worried about the holes or trenches in the ground (I know, they are horribly annoying) try rubber mats like BlueSpark said. I can't wait to try rubber mats once we have our barn built with some real stalls
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        05-01-2014, 11:21 PM
      #16
    Showing
    They get this idea that pawing is what makes the feed available. The feed must be removed immediately each time the pawing starts. He needs to learn to rethink the pawing, that now it's removing the feed. I watched a fence banger who thought this caused her feed to come. When I directed her owner to turn and walk away and keep his back to her, she got frantic with her banging for a few minutes then she stopped then walked away. That is when the feed was set down for her. The owner was consistant with this and her behavior stopped and no more fence fixing.
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        05-02-2014, 01:44 AM
      #17
    Foal
    Hi Qrtbel: thanks for the advice. If this becomes a problem it could be a solution. Twenty two years ago we had two foals at the same time. I have forgotten how much work it can be. My alpha mare used to pound also. But we worked out a compromise. She swings her knee in the air and never touches the ground. Goofy looking. Her dam did the same thing. Back then I was younger and had more time working with the young ones. I hurt my back recently and just don't have it in me to stand there and discipline them. Again thanks for the advice. Everyone has been so helpful with their ideas.
         
        05-05-2014, 01:10 AM
      #18
    Foal
    I might suggest buying some stall mats or some sort of mat so that he can't make holes/ditches...just place them where you normally tie him plus it will provide extra cushion for his leggies.
    If you really worry about it then by all means try and work with him on this behavior but I have found that a lot of horses do it and not a lot learn to stop lol.
    Good luck.
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        05-09-2014, 08:02 PM
      #19
    Foal
    I have 5 horse's and 3 do this, I see it as a sign there enjoying there feed. I do tell them to stop when i'm beside them and to be fair they listen but the holes do get a bit annoying lol
         
        05-14-2014, 09:17 PM
      #20
    Foal
    hes a digger

    After a few tries we found a rubber mat the right size and put it under his front feet where he stands to eat his grain. The first couple of days he was a little upset that he couldn't dig. After a week he now rubs his hoof gently on the mat. Now his stablemate started digging. She gets her own mat tonight. It is really funny watching that colt rub his hoof on that mat. It like he's massaging himself. Thanks for all your ideas.
         

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