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        06-03-2011, 09:10 AM
    LOL, wow these are all great responses. I love the "Happy Grain dance"! So funny! I've had him for since last February and he has always done this. He shows no other "odd" signs. I am going to feed his grain on the ground today just because I think it'll be funny to watch him balance and eat- I'll have to try to remember my camera.
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        06-03-2011, 10:46 AM
    My anglo did this because she was taught she was not allowed to paw while she was eating her grain.
        09-03-2015, 07:34 PM
    We just purchased a very under weight Clydesdale and she lifts her front legs while eating. Her feet are awful shape and farrier is coming out soon not sure if she's in pain or happy she's getting food!
        09-03-2015, 07:37 PM
    Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
    I've seen a number of horses that seem to just get excited and do this when fed grain, and none have ever had any problems.
    Ditto! I just had a TB mare on lay up at my farm that did this. Not the first and I dare say not the last.
        09-03-2015, 09:12 PM
    It's a perfectly normal, natural response to food. Not a sign of any neurological problems.

    Many, many horses and ponies do it, some with so much enthusiasm they end up tipping their feed bucket over or planting their feet in the bin, my Clydesdale is one of those!

    When there is snow horses will do this to move the snow so they can get at the grass beneath.

    Love 'The Happy Grain Dance'
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        09-03-2015, 09:57 PM
    Yep my mare does this anytime she wants something, food, attention, people come home from work and she's been lonely lol doesnt matter. Happy horse foot.
        09-03-2015, 10:41 PM
    I have several that do that. Both paw & hold leg up when eating their grain. I think they think they can shovel it in faster that way!! Feeding on the ground doesn't work so well it get spread about.

    It is basically their happydance for food. Also noticed a trait that tends to be past down from one generation to next,lol
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        09-04-2015, 02:53 PM
    Green Broke
    It is called "begging" and is not the sign of anything other than (possibly) being really excited about getting dessert!!!
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        09-04-2015, 10:11 PM
    As said it's a variation of pawing. I like how Elana put it.. "begging".
        09-05-2015, 08:40 AM
    We have one that does this and one that does the happy head flip and one who does neck arches/stretches. They are all "normal" well at least healthy, it just makes the barn look like an inpatient hospital for mentally ill equines.

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