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    11-13-2011, 11:10 PM
Originally Posted by faye    
My horse goes in a 12ft by 12 ft stable every night and is perfectly fine with it, however he does have adequate space to play when he is out in the field.
My horse is in a 24x12 stall for a LOT of the day- he goes out for a few hours and comes back in and I take him out and ride. Im a bad mom, I know.

Originally Posted by faye    

It does sound as though your horse is going stir crazy. 1/4 of an acre is no where near enough, she is also on her own and thus lacking horsey contact.
Uhh, she has horses NEXT to her on BOTH sides. She has contact. She gets turned out when she can, she doesn't do anything spectacular out there. Walks around and eats. Also, its not my horse- it's my friends.

Originally Posted by faye    
I would say you have a case of one very very bored and frustrated horse on your hands. A few hours a day being ridden is not enough for a horse, it needs company and space. 1/4 of an acre, even if the paddock is very thin is not enough for a horse to let off steam adequately. They can't even get up a decent gallop.
She gallops around juuuuust fine. She runs and she bucks and she rolls and plays.
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    11-13-2011, 11:13 PM
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    

Anyways. I agree with faye in that the horse should get blood work done to test for a mineral deficiency. All horses should have free choice minerals and/or a ration balancer with added minerals regardless. If that doesn't quell the chewing then I would get a muzzle that still allows her to eat and offer her hay free choice when she has it on outside.
Good luck!

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She is on elk grove milling pellets, a mixed hay and platinum performance and a ration balancer. I'm going to suggest the blood work only because that probably is a good idea with her still growing and being so young. If that shows nothing...I don't know what will. It's worth a try though!
    11-13-2011, 11:23 PM
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Over a fence is not good enough!
My youngster was out on his own for 4 weeks at his new stables because there wasnt space in the mixed paddocks. He was able to talk over the fence with the others.
He still went frantic, started pacing up and down the fence lines, stopped eating all his hay, started box walking at night, became difficult to ride because he was so het up. They need to be able to touch each other, and at a young age to be able to play and have fun with each other. Now he is in a mixed paddock with 2 other young horses and in just 1 day he has relaxed right off. He is a much much happier and a far more settled horse!
    11-13-2011, 11:32 PM
I agree with the others that your horse is bored and frustrated. Seeing horses over a fence or through stall walls is not socialization. 1/4 an acre is a decent sized paddock, but horses need a lot more space than that. My horse has been a few different places and he is happiest where he is on 100 acres of woods with 7 other horses. There is not a ton of grass unless it gets really rainy and it all pops up a few days later, but he has space and socialization, which are very important. Considering the horse is 4 years old and probably has some energy, I would think he would need more space and actual socialization with other horses. I think most weird habits like this also start for reasons like this, or things such as a mineral deficiency, so I think a test for that would also be a good idea.
    11-14-2011, 05:53 PM
Split up the hay into more feedings, and if that's not possible, get a small mesh hay net, slows down feed intake, making it last longer, such as this one:
Small Mesh Hay Net < Hay Bags & Nets < Horse Supplies|Dover Saddlery.

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