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post #1 of 4 Old 11-03-2012, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Question Teeth grinding in stall

I've had my appendix mare for almost a year now but she's recently become extremely moody in her stall and in the cross ties. She has been constantly grinding her teeth and pinning her ears, especially if the horse beside her puts his head out of his stall or if another horse walks by. Even when she's in the cross ties and none of the other horses can get near her she grinds her teeth if they even look at her. Because of the weather she has been unable to go out regularly but I have been riding her every day so she has a chance to stretch her legs. And ideas about how I can get her to stop?
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Hi,

First thing that came to mind was ulcers/colic. As it's only a recent thing, it could be that she's in season, or it could be due to her being cooped up a lot more than usual. Whatever, it sounds likely to be a response from pain. Keeping horses cooped up for long periods(let alone 24/7) is not good for them, physically or mentally. Of course, sometimes it's unavoidable, but the weather would have to be absolutely horrendous for it to be a reason for me to keep a horse locked up.

Perhaps you could give some info on diet & management, how long she's been doing it & how long she's been cooped up, also what if any other changes there have been, whether she's always been a bit 'mareish' with other horses, whether you think she's confident & comfortable(mentally) with being stabled & x-tied, etc.
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... As it's only a recent thing, it could be that she's in season, or it could be due to her being cooped up a lot more than usual.
... Keeping horses cooped up for long periods(let alone 24/7) is not good for them, physically or mentally. Of course, sometimes it's unavoidable, but the weather would have to be absolutely horrendous for it to be a reason for me to keep a horse locked up.
I agree and have found this especially true with mares. Our four mares are out 24x7 with a large shelter. They only use the shelter in the summer to escape the flies or in the winter when it's cold, windy, and raining (around freezing). If the winter weather is such that they decide to spend most of the day/night in the shelter, they are like kids with 'cabin fever' and do get very cranky with each other.

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one she's a mare. They all act well.......marish. Plain and simple. Two she is use to being out. Keeping a horse in a stall all day even when its just when the weather is bad is like locking yourself in a 3x3 room all day. You get stir crazy and irritable and just want out. My mare stays out year round no matter what the weather. If she needs shelter we have 3 sided onings ( that's probably not spelled correctly) placed in the pastures. The only time I see the horses use them alot is when it sleets or to get some shade in the summer.
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