This is in the wrong category but, horses paw as part of nature. Horses have a natural instinct to paw through snow and at the ground to find/investigate food. They associate this behavior with food, and soon becomes a habit that is unbreakable. I have a mare that paws like crazy when I show up at the barn, she continues until her food is set in front of her and then she is happy after that. She could quickly dig a hole to China if she wanted to!
Sometimes it is a sign of digestive problems, but usually is accompanied by ear pinning, bad attitude, or other gestures to signify a problem. If she acts healthy other than the pawing and it seems like nothing is bothering her, then I would not worry about it because, trust me, there is no stopping a horse once it is in the habit of pawing! My little mares leg moves a million mile an hour, it is actually kinda funny how fast she can dig the ground. They will also learn it odd each other if the others do not already do it. My mare has taught my stallion to do it to, though he is much quieter and slower about it, he does it now too! It is almost like an impatient kind of thing.
You know how to make a miniature horse even smaller? Leave them in the dryer a little longer!
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Last edited by minihorse927; 01-10-2009 at 03:20 AM.