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post #1 of 12 Old 01-03-2011, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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why is he pawing??

i have a shire gelding rising three yr old that i just bought and he is constantly pawing the ground. he does it in the field the odd time but when he's stabled its alot more frequent.i've had horses that paw before, but only when they're anxious and not nearly as bad as this gelding.he does it all night. is it medical, behavioral, boardom, why is he doing this?
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-03-2011, 11:12 AM
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I just read something about that. It might be a medical behavior, called Colic?
The symptoms were: horse stps eating, lying on the ground to paw, and the horse's gums will change color. Like light pink, bright red, and/or blueish purple.

It might be this, but not sure because I need more details.

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i dont think its colic. he's not showing any other unusul behavior or discomfort. he's happy to excersize, eating normaly, quiet when groomed etc and he doesnt paw as much when he's turned out. i dont know much about his history and if he's always done it as i only bought him last week.
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i dont think its colic. he's not showing any other unusul behavior or discomfort. he's happy to excersize, eating normaly, quiet when groomed etc and he doesnt paw as much when he's turned out. i dont know much about his history and if he's always done it as i only bought him last week.
Where you got him, was he a rescued horse?

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The main reason horses paw is because they are bored. He's young...so he constantly needs something to do. Regular exercise, change of scenery, being able to run in an open field, or just not being in the stall or out in the same old boring field usually helps.
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Sounds like it might be a habitual boredom problem. Kind of like pacing and weaving. I would probably get him looked over by a vet just to be on the safe side and rule out any pain issues.
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My 16 year old Arab gelding just started pawing. He is on 24/7 turn out with 2 other horses. I don't know what he is thinking! He stands in the corner of his lot and the 3 horses next to mine and paws.
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Where you got him, was he a rescued horse?
i bought him privatly but the person i bought him from had him kept out with other horses away from the farm and never handled him or paid them much attention so he wasnt able to shed any light on it or even tell me if he'd done it before.
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Sounds like it might be a habitual boredom problem. Kind of like pacing and weaving. I would probably get him looked over by a vet just to be on the safe side and rule out any pain issues.
yes i think your right, a visit from the vet sounds like a good idea. if it is habitual boardom what can i do? he gets groomed every morning (we're making a bit of a fuss of him cos he's new and still not sure if he likes people) then turned out, then training in the afternoon, then stabled for the night. perhaps more excersize?
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You could always try things like jolly balls to keep him entertained.
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