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    09-03-2013, 12:03 AM
Big Goose Eggs!

My horses stall is a little "shorter" than what she is used to...she continues to knock her head on the rafters HARD! She keeps doing this when I guess she thinks I move the wrong way or to fast. After she knocks her head she wont let me get near her and gets head shy. The other day all I did was take her food, bend over and set it down in the stall stood back up and wham she jumped up and cracked her head so bad her legs where shaking and she kept licking. I didnt even do it fast! Its frustrating people keep telling me she will learn which is fine and im sure she will. We have ultimately started to feed her outside period. Honestly its getting to the point where I am fed up and POed with the whole situation. I have always been able to love on her while she was eating until this stuff started to happen. I also figured doing some "jumping jacks" in the pasture around her at a distance would help so she doesnt see my hands moving as a "get away" sign all the time. She even does it with her hay, which she has always gotten fed that outside. She associates eating and me moving around her with the pain I guess? All I want to scream is "FIX IT!"
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    09-03-2013, 12:09 AM
Why is her stall so low?
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    09-03-2013, 12:23 AM
Thats how the barn was built years ago before we moved here. :-/ it would be extremely hard and $$ to elevate. She is only 14.2 hands so she is short, not a draft or thoughbred she does just fine otherwise and walks in willingly for water/shade/rest. She just hits her head when she is "spooked" by what ever im doing.
    09-03-2013, 12:27 AM
Green Broke
Exactly how tall is the wall? Is it a closed in ceiling or open rafters?
    09-03-2013, 12:36 AM
Maybe roughly 7-8 foot tall? I measured once but I forget. Im 5ft 5in and I struggle to touch the rafters. The rafters are on "bottom" and layer over them is thick plywood? To make a hay loft above. I stink at estimating measurements ill try to actually measure it tomorrow floor to "ceiling"
    09-03-2013, 12:55 AM
Green Broke
Is it possible to put some padding/foam insulation on the ceiling? Or, you buy a head bumper (meant for trailering) and put it on her before you bring her into the stall. That leg shaking thing is kind of scary.
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    09-03-2013, 01:09 AM
I will look into some padding! The leg shaking is scary! Its like a quivering but her knees are bent like she is shrinking down. Hard to explain but it almost looked the other day like she was going to collapse! Like her legs couldnt hold her after this happens it takes a week or two to get her back to "normal" behavior with her head...and then it seems to back slide and happen again...making me more frustrated. I just HATE that this is happening. And feeding outside it fine but I worry about other people if they help take care of her while we are away...or my 3yr old neice who LOVES to feed the horsey.
    09-03-2013, 06:31 AM
Green Broke
What are you doing to make her jump though with your hands is what I am wondering? Do you do some sort of "get away" motion with them to make her move off?

You need to keep your hands quiet and calm when dealing with horses. This horse may just be more reactive too, and needs even more low key movements.

May also be that in stall, she does not see as well and is more easily startled.

She can end up with poll fever if you aren't careful and then you will have a mess. And if she hit head hard enough to make her legs shake, I would be watching the places where she has hit head very carefully too.

I don't know about putting anything on the beams/rafters as if she can get to it, she will pull it off.

But whatever you are doing or is going on to make her startle, you need to identify it and quit it.

Might paint board lighter color?
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    09-03-2013, 11:47 AM
I keep my hands at my side calm and relaxed. The last time all I did was walk in bend over to set her food down and stood up. No fast movements.
    09-03-2013, 11:49 AM
And what is poll fever?

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