I love my guy, but my gosh he is the most destructive horse I've ever owned, and that is really saying something!
His new winter blanket that he's had on for about a month now since its been cold out? Yep, already broke both back leg straps and is wearing it down so much that the stitching is coming out from the label. It is a McAlister, so I can't expect miracles.. but dang.
One of the leg straps he completely ripped off, there is no fixing it unless I by miracle find someone near me who can sew.
Just crazy. I'm already looking at buying several blankets once they go on clearance in the spring, for next year, just to be prepared.
My mare isn't particularly destructive, but one of the other horses at the barn is extremely destructive. He's a 6 year old pmu gelding, most likely perch cross of some sort, and in the couple of months that he's been at the barn, he's already broken the pipe to his water bucket, chewed the edges of his water bucket up, completely moved the entire corral fencing several inches outward, and in the first couple weeks he was there, was put in the stall right next to the main water valve for the stalls, and he managed to turn it on, and proceed to flood part of the stall area. He's a very sweet guy, he's just a young drafty horse who is very mouthy and curious, and can't keep to himself lol. He also manages to knock his water bucket over pretty regularly, and empty it out into his stall for some reason. I'm glad that my girl isn't so destructive, but it is comical to watch this guy. I clearly remember one morning in particular, his mom got him a traffic cone to play with, and I came out in the morning, and he had thrown the cone into his water bucket.
Maybe he just doesn't like the blanket, and is trying to get it off himself? Or he is bored and the only thing to do is destroy the blanket? Maybe get him a toy.
My moms mare is ridiculously mouthy, not necessarily destructive, just irritating. Every time I start to work with tom she is right there chewing on his halter, pulling at his lead rope, pulling the saddle off the fence, pulling the blanket into the water trough. Drives me nutty! phone pix 105.jpg
This is her last time I was out, trying to pull his lead shank away from me... grrr.
You can't leave anything on the fence or within reach of him. I remember a particular time when I stupidly left the blankets on the fence to air out, only to look out the window later to watch Otis dragging one across the paddock.
I swear he checks the lock to our feed room (which is built into the shed, and the door is in the paddock with them). If we accidentally leave it unlocked, he probably going to find a way in.
If there is even the tiniest hole in the fence, he will somehow manage to squeeze his squishy butt through it. He's escaped multiple times, but I think we've filled in every space now. I think.
The countless blankets he's destroyed, the two hay buckets he has sent sledding into the neighbour's yard, the things he has wrecked or dented from his feed-room-raidings, and the deflated John-Deere's tire (apparently jumping on the trailer was a good plan. This is why we put them in the pasture when we pick the paddock now.) has led me to wonder just what goes through his little pony brain...
Much to the neighbour's dismay, our field is complete with a jolly-ball, a pillow cube, Lick-Its, and a giant soccer ball. Apparently though, these aren't entertaining enough for him! Even when he was in regular exercise, he was still like this. Yet, he's never been hurt once!
I have a special boy to. He ripped the inner lining to his new blanket this year because it was within reach and he got in the stall with him. :( I have to fix the electrical cord that runs between his stall and his neighbor's stall because he has tried to chew and thankfully it was not connected to anything (he could have been electrocuted.). He has tried to eat and wirting pen. He has ripped a stable bandage that I had on him the keep him clean before a show because he is a very loud paint. The list could go on and on and on.