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post #1 of 6 Old 02-11-2012, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy What to do with a stall walker

Two days ago Oliver started stall walking again....

Should I be overly concerned?

He has done this before but to the extreme was weaving and and pretty much constantly walking in circles, he would do it all the time at the first barn I had him at and everything made him jump out if his skin, his hay being thrown in, water buckets filled, cross ties slapping back into the wall when un hooked from a horse.

The way his stall was set up he could see into the barn isle, stick his head all the way out and then the opposite side could see out of the barn and stick his head out where he saw all three arenas and people leading their horses to and from everything. I moved him from that place in big part from him just being so stressed out and not getting the turnout I was paying for.

So when I moved him I noticed over time he really wasn't doing it that much. He was out a lot more and is stall was closed in and he could see out and only stick his head out of a small section (safe though) it got to be less and less to the point my trainer and I were not noticing it everyday.

Two days ago he started again. We recently moved to a new and better location. He has settled in, wasn't doing it till two days ago when he has been there two weeks (yes I know it can take a lot longer for a horse to settle in) he now gets all day turnout

The only other thing that has changed is he gets grain now for his immune booster supplements. And it's not much at all. 1/2 scoop of oats and 1/2 scoop of soaked grass pellets. He gets worked Monday's, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday's. He has LOTS of energy when he used to be so lazy and slow!

My trainer and I are talking about adding another training day to see if that helps him get out excess energy? He only gets 2 flakes of grass/Timothy hay am and pm, in his stall from 5pm to 8am

Any suggestions would be helpful! I know he is young and green and energy is to be expected and trust me I'm very grateful for it now! But after tonight's lesson and being lucky to stay on him with how amped up he was I just wanted to get other peoples thoughts or opinions.
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-11-2012, 12:56 AM
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I would get him one of those slow hay feeders so he has something to munch on for longer. I would also try a likit or put something in his stall for him to play with, he is getting bored. Its almost like when your stuck somewhere and just want to leave but you can you will start to get antsy, stress out, and it just messes with your head. I think giving him something that will occupy him would solve this issue.

here is a good link for you --> http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=1590
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-11-2012, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, always has hay left over in the morning when they get let out, not sure if all of it's from just breakfast or some of dinner. I was thinking about a toy but my last horse drove everyone nuts with her toy, it ws a lick it. She would sit there and gab it pull it out from the wall and let go so it bashed into the wall...all night long when she wasn't eating. So a little Leary of that...

He seems to just not do well in his stall it looks like he had a party with all the horses in his stall over night by morning and always has cuts and abrassions, dings and missing hair from him face from his water buckets, he's done that since I got him in august.

I wish he could be out all night but simply not an option.
As for the slow feeder, he has to be fed off the ground due to poor immune system that makes his breathing hard (caughing, wheezing leading the need of antibiotics) Was strongly advised by both vet and trainer to avoid using a hay net or anything other then a tub on the floor or just on the floor...I guess a jolly ball might help...
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you can get the plastic slow feeder for his hay and you could put it on the ground.
there are also likits that can be attached to the wall of the stall. If you scroll to the very bottom of that link I sent you there are links to toy options. The rolly treat thing would be a good idea.
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Originally Posted by Klassic Superstar View Post

I wish he could be out all night but simply not an option.
Why is this not an option? (Not judging, really I am asking). He is nervous and unhappy and needs to be out of his stall more. Some horses cope with stalls others don't and he is one of them.
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I hate walkers and weavers. I used to have to deal with them when I trained race horses --- both TBs and Arabians. When I was blessed with one, I did two things:

1) I put them on a loose mineral that has 2% Magnesium in it (along with Calcium, Phosphorus and Vitamin A). The Vitamin A is also very vital to a good immune system. The Magnesium really helps nervousness.

2) I hung milk jugs from the ceiling and filled them full of water. The horse could play with them and if he ran the stall or weaved, he ran into them or had to work really hard to dodge them. I hung two in the doorway.

This worked for most of them or slowed them waaaay down.
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