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post #1 of 13 Old 01-08-2013, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question Horse Biting Legs

My friends horse has started biting it's legs almost all the time! He will freak out and bit his legs. It started just after she got him this fall. I was thinking that maybe he could be tied up? He gets fed A LOT of alfalfa, but she the kind of person who doesn't like to take advice...He's and Arab about 14.2hh and 15. I was just wanting some more ideas. Personally I think he's tied up or his joints are sore, but who knows! Thanks!
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-08-2013, 07:39 PM
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Certainly sounds like something is going on. Could be any number of things - boredom, stress, dry skin, inflamed tendons/joints, etc.
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post #3 of 13 Old 01-08-2013, 07:41 PM
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Tying up is painful, never heard of a horse biting their legs when tying up. Excess energy maybe? Vice?
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What are his living conditions like?

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What are his living conditions like?
Right now...Packed Snow, but in the summer not so good we have lots of mud...
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post #6 of 13 Old 01-08-2013, 11:38 PM
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I'm wondering if his diet is too rich for him and he's got hives? Any signs of him rubbing other parts of his body. Maybe stress with the change of address? Were there other horses and now he's alone?
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^^^ ditto too rich of a diet as a possibility.

Also, if he has a lot of leg hair, has anybody checked for Scratches (a/k/a Mud Fever) under all that leg and fetlock hair?

That stuff itches/pains like nobody's business. Some horses tolerate it better than others.

It's most likely too cold for ticks or mites, if you folks have anything like that

Tick bites can really make a horse crazy.

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post #8 of 13 Old 01-09-2013, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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I was thinking diet to because he recieves a complete feed along with quite a bit of soaked Alfalfa cubes...I have tried telling her..."oh no he's just silly!"...No, no he is not! :P Anyways We have had snow since middle of October so I think that if he has scratches it would have healed. And he has always been with horses here as well as when he was at home.
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post #9 of 13 Old 01-09-2013, 08:21 AM
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Is he gelded?

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post #10 of 13 Old 01-09-2013, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Yes he is gelded someone thought it might be that his sheath was dirty, but I cleaned him and he wasn't that dirty afterall...
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