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post #1 of 21 Old 08-07-2013, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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While in stall my horse goes side to side kinda like shes dancing

While I put my arabian in her stall she will go side to side like she's dancing, and she works up a sweat.

I figured its because she's bored, but could this harm her health and how do I make her stop it.

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post #2 of 21 Old 08-07-2013, 11:04 AM
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Sounds like she is weaving. Which can actually cause a lot of joint problems. Sadly there really isn't any way of fixing it other then never having her in a stall.

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post #3 of 21 Old 08-07-2013, 11:13 AM
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That's weaving, it's usually caused by boredom or nervousness. And like NB said, it can cause serious joint issues. You may want to consider keeping her outside all the time rather than a stall (even if she's only stalled at night).

If that isn't an option, I would look into toys. A lot of times if you take a plastic milk jug & fill it with rocks, then tie it to the ceiling in the corner of her stall, some horses will bat it around like a tether ball. Or even a yoga ball, liter soda bottles, some people buy rollers that attach to the side of the stall.

I seen chronic weavers, who will stop when their owner basically makes their stall like kids playpen. They just needed that constant access to stimulation.
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post #4 of 21 Old 08-07-2013, 12:14 PM
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Yes, sounds like weaving and sometimes other horses in a barn can copy the vice and the whole barn looks like a ballet performance! Amazing to see, when I was a kid, me & my friend saw a barn full of weavers, all dripping in sweat & weaving like lunatics! If it were my horse, I would not stall the horse, a large paddock or a pasture would be my choice & only a stall for emergencies.
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Weaving is actually an obsessive compulsive disorder and is similar in its origin ("they" think) to cribbing. I am trying to recall a study I read about weaving.. and there was a cure.

I also recall reading that one weaver can make a whole barn of weavers.. but then I also remember reading that might not be true.

Turnout is the answer.. (although there are horses that will weave when outside on a dry lot) and feeding hay in a hay net or rack and having hay in front of the horse all the time (gives them something to do). If I find that research I will share it.

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Yep, you have a weaver. I have one too. Only cure is to keep them out as much as possible, as being stalled stresses them out.

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Take a look at this stuff:
Recent Advances in the Treatment of Equine Stereotypic Behaviour

And this.. the idea of mirrors is interesting.
01 Behavior Problems in Horses #1 - VeterinaryPartner.com - a VIN company!

And more about mirros
Weaving in Horses: Another Look | TheHorse.com

And this:
http://vip.vetsci.usyd.edu.au/conten...92/garrett.pdf

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Well the reason why I've been stalling her is because she is getting fat and I've cut back on all her food, and the only other thing I can think of is she is eatting grass in the middle of the night, and its causing her to gain weight.
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Do the stalls have solid walls between them? If so maybe bars would be better so the horse can see everyone else & not feel so confined.
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Well the reason why I've been stalling her is because she is getting fat and I've cut back on all her food, and the only other thing I can think of is she is eatting grass in the middle of the night, and its causing her to gain weight.
Is she alone in the barn?
Maybe a grazing muzzle part of the day or dry lot would benefit.
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