Is going nuts in a fresh paddock normal? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 10 Old 08-13-2013, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Is going nuts in a fresh paddock normal?

We have owned our new property for about 6 months now. It is the first time I have had to manage the paddocks for my horses.

Whenever I move my boys into a fresh paddock they all go nuts. Galloping around and playing/bucking/rearing its all go. This lasts for maybe 5-10 minutes before they settle down. Is this normal? Is it just the excitement of a new paddock?

I want to add that they do not threaten me in anyway with this behaviour. It is only aimed at each other. In fact I quite enjoy watching them play and run around.
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-13-2013, 04:08 PM
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My horses do it too. Its normal behavior. I always keep my camera handy when i move them around. Goofballs.
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-13-2013, 04:22 PM
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Yes very normal! My horse goes nuts when he is in the stall over night and in the morning I put him back in to the same pen he's been going into 365 days a year hahaha. I love watching them
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Agreed, totally normal. When I turned my drafts out into their larger area, they ran and bucked and farted for 15-20 minutes. They were all sweaty and huffing and puffing by the time they slowed down enough to actually graze on the grass out there LOL.

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post #5 of 10 Old 08-13-2013, 04:34 PM
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My herd does it as well when I switch pastures - a great gallop followed by an assortment of snorts, rears, bucks and kicks (you'd think they'd be used to it by now as I just have the two pastures and they're side by side so they look at them every day). I find weather influences the antics as well - the cooler the day the more active the horses. I wonder if they have the same feeling at that time as we get when we start our holidays?
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-13-2013, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Well I definitely feel better knowing that my horses are not doing anything unusual lols.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-13-2013, 05:38 PM
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Horses seem to find it very exciting.
As long as they have enough room to keep out of the way of each others flying hooves then I don't worry about some racing round though I did have one overshoot a bend yesterday, jumped the fence and ended up on the road where she grazed on the verge till I ran round to retrieve her.
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post #8 of 10 Old 08-13-2013, 09:40 PM
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Yeah it's normal. It always amused me.

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Ha, yes I love paddock change days. Like others have said it always involves a good 5-10 minutes of running, bucking, kicking and farting before they settle down.
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-15-2013, 04:04 PM
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Definitely normal :). I know some horses that I work with do this on a daily basis when they get turned out into the same paddock every single day. They're a silly bunch ;P.
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