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post #11 of 21 Old 08-07-2013, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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other than a dog yes she is the only one in barn and pasture. I've tried that but she keeps breaking them
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post #12 of 21 Old 08-07-2013, 07:35 PM
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other than a dog yes she is the only one in barn and pasture. I've tried that but she keeps breaking them
She's scared & has no one to keep watch. In an open area she feels she has a chance to protect herself if need be.
She does not sound like a horse who can live alone.
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post #13 of 21 Old 08-07-2013, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Well the wall to the pasure is open but has ties across confining her in the stall so she can see outside, she is the only horse but she has a dog that sleeps in stall with her.
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post #14 of 21 Old 08-07-2013, 07:43 PM
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other than a dog yes she is the only one in barn and pasture. I've tried that but she keeps breaking them
Then she needs a dry lot or you need a better quality grazing muzzle.

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post #15 of 21 Old 08-07-2013, 08:02 PM
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From the horse's view. A stall is a cage from which it has no escape. Horses have survived for millennia by being out in the open and having a fast take-off to escape predators. You know there are no predators but she doesn't. Whether she's weaving or not, being alone in the barn with no escape is extremely stressful. When a horse weaves, it's brain basically shuts down and goes on auto pilot which is why they do it until the sweat is running. Put her out to pasture where she can run if she feels the need. If you are giving her supplemental feeding, wean her off it. She obviously doesn't need it.
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post #16 of 21 Old 08-07-2013, 09:38 PM
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I agree with everyone else that she is weaving. It is a really distressing behaviour for the horse.

Now you know she is a weaver, you need to come up with a slimming plan that doesn't include stabling I'm afraid.

Is your pasture restricted? What kind of exercise is the horse getting? Are you feeding other than grass?

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post #17 of 21 Old 08-07-2013, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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I agree with everyone else that she is weaving. It is a really distressing behaviour for the horse.

Now you know she is a weaver, you need to come up with a slimming plan that doesn't include stabling I'm afraid.

Is your pasture restricted? What kind of exercise is the horse getting? Are you feeding other than grass?


She gets rode daily, for hours at a time, nothing other than grass since we are trying to slim her down vet said to take off grain and hay. Every fence we put up to only allow her certain areas she was ran through them.
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She's breaking down fences to get to grass?! What kind of fences do you have?

Anyway - I don't want to divert your thread if you don't want to. I am sure that if you want advice on her weight plenty of good people here can help

How about you start a new thread with some photos of her together with her current diet and exercise plan?

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post #19 of 21 Old 08-08-2013, 03:02 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.
It's an obsessive compulsive disorder due to chronic stress, not just boredom, and chronic stress causes many health probs aside from joint damage from the symptoms.
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Pardon, didnt read all replies, but vet said restrict hay?? Is this because he knows the grass is low sugar? If not, find someone who knows more about equine nutrition, diet, EMS etc, to advise you. If you're locking her up off grass & without hay, this will also cause direct guy probs, aside from weaving, metabolic, etc. horses aren't built to go hungry. Check out Katy Watts | Safergrass.org & Home while you're looking for a good professional to advise you.
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