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post #1 of 6 Old 04-20-2010, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Will this work?

As some of you may know i am moving, i have to be out of our old house by this coming saturday. I have to board my horses for at the most 2 weeks at my work because the barn is in no condition right now for horses. My pinto pony who is outside 24/7 and has a walk in stall. Has issues with kicking at the stall walls, always have hence why he lives in the pasture. He hates being in stalls. Especially if there is a horse next to him.l. I have tried kick chains, and every other thing i could think of expect this. What about a daily calming supplement? I recently bought a small container of Calmex i think its called. I have no idea if this will work, im hoping it will for the sake of my bosses temper We have discussed leaving him out to pasture all day long and making a runin. But she doesnt want to do the extra work just for a horse that will be there for only 2 weeks. What do you think?
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-20-2010, 10:29 AM
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I've not used Calmex personally, but I know some people swear by it. I think there are a few people on this forum who are using it now, they could advise you better.

Question about your pony though. In my experience, most stall kicking behavior is related to food aggression and their way of telling a neighbor horse they are too close. Is there a way to feed your pony while other horses are out, or feed him in his run, or perhaps put up cardboard or something else safe on the sides of your pony's stall to limit how much he can see of the other horses while he is in there?

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His stall kicking is related to aggression in general. In my walk in stall he has access to the front of my other horses stalls (if i close the gate all the way). I will wake up in the middle of the night sounding like someone is knocking on our front door, its Thunder kicking at the front of the stalls, for god knows what reason just because another horse is in the stall. Its as if he doesn't want any horses around him, wether they are in a stall or not. Eating or just standing here he is an extremely aggressive horse towards other horses. I only know of one horse that he did like and that was Roman (my old show horse). And he would not kick at the stall when stalled next to him. The calming supplement is my only option i feel like.
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What is the weather like in your area? If it's just two weeks and the weather isn't 100+ or 40- then blanket him if needed and leave him out. Or put him in a stall when the other horses are out and vice versa. Two weeks outside with no run-in for a horse that's used to a run-in and 24/7 pasture won't kill him. And it seems like he might do some damage to himself or someone else if you force him to be stalled for 2 weeks with other horses.
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-20-2010, 04:21 PM
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I agree with Nittany. If the weather isn't terrible, I'd leave him outside with a tree.

If that's not an option, I don't have a lot of experience with calming supplements, so nothing to say there. I do know that lavender is soothing though, you can buy lavender oil and rub it along his nostrils before bedtime. I know for a fact that that works [baring an allergic reaction but I haven't seen one yet.] Best of luck!

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You could also try and get him thinking that good things happen in his stall. Treats/grain/hay/grooming/etc to help him get over his anxiety in stalls. All he knows is that there is no place of peace inside the confinement of a stall. He does not know otherwise of how he could feel so he needs your help. Kicking chains, sorry to say, will have a reverse effect on his behavior because whenever he kicks he will have pain, no matter how slight. He will connect his stall with pain and anxiety, so he will continue to dislike its environment. It will take some time but I think we owe it to our horses, much like our children, to help them get over their fears & dislikes.

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