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post #11 of 13 Old 09-25-2012, 08:31 AM
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I also like the pellet shavings. We don't use them at the barn I bored at, but when I did my highschool co-op at a harness racing barn, they used half pellets and half shavings and I really likes them :) If you don't have mats in the stall, I would look into them, it will be alot easier on her joints/feet if she has mats where she stands most of the time, but I know people don't always like them, and they can get expensive so your call :)

You could also try giving her something other then hay to keep her occupied? Does she play? You could give her a jolly ball :) or a hanging toy. Or a likit (but if she's anything like my horse she'll have it demolished in a few days), but don't put it in a stall corner or it makes it to easy for them to just brace it in a corner and go at it

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post #12 of 13 Old 09-25-2012, 09:44 AM
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How long is she in? Unless it's over 8 hours, the majority of her time in the stall should be in the dark. She should snooze and not walk the stall.

We prep stalls (feed, shavings, water), bring the horses in and then lights out. They eat and go to sleep. In between 9 -10 p.m. And out at 5/5:30 a.m. We want the horses to see the stalls as a place to rest. Not view them as punishment.
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post #13 of 13 Old 09-25-2012, 10:42 AM
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How long is she in? Unless it's over 8 hours, the majority of her time in the stall should be in the dark. She should snooze and not walk the stall.

We prep stalls (feed, shavings, water), bring the horses in and then lights out. They eat and go to sleep. In between 9 -10 p.m. And out at 5/5:30 a.m. We want the horses to see the stalls as a place to rest. Not view them as punishment.
Same at my barn, only they generally go out around 7-8am. Visitors are surprised to see that every single horse is at the gate eagerly waiting to go in the barn and that with several of the horses, I will open the pasture gate, tell them by name it's their turn and they leave the pasture, run down to the barn and go into the correct stall (it's really not rocket science.... they KNOW there's grain in their stall ).

They love their stalls. Everyone has shavings all over them in the morning and sometimes I'll turn the lights down and keep working in the barn and I'll see everyone finish eating and roll/lay down/start snoozing. Mine's a bit pissy about his right now but that's because he was on stall rest for two straight weeks.
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