Originally Posted by Arksly
I just somewhat skimmed over everything but here are my two cents.
Have you tried turning her out for a day?
I have personally known two horses that didn't like being stalled. One was so miserable in his stall that he would lunge out and bite you (or at least try) if you even walked by too close. However, once he was outside, he was an angle.
Another would get very uptight and moody when being stalled and I could tell the difference when riding him.
Keep in mind that both of these horses got daily turn out and, when they were inside, had beautiful 12x12 stalls and top notch care. They just preferred to be outside 24/7.
I would LOVE to be turning her out, but unfortunately there is Zero turnout at the facilities I'm at. Where I am at in Southern California doesn't have much else to choose from either... There are 'sunning pens' which are essentially just a 12x12 box stall outside and you can put them out in the rings for a max 15 minutes. I make sure she gets out once if not twice a day.
I've thought about her attitude potentially being form the stall, but she isn't an angel when she comes out... She actually gets pretty nervous being out and to me seems eager to get back to her stall. She was picked on a lot by other horses because her previous owners kept a grazing muzzle on her and she couldn't defend herself. They said it was pretty bad and one pasture she was in wasn't able to get to the water. I have no idea how the previous barn or owners let this happen, and it's all hearsay, but that's what I've been told.
I think the alfalfa hay might be part of the problem. What would you recommend as the best diet; bermuda, orchard, alfalfa or timothy? Or a combination of any of those?