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    10-15-2013, 10:27 AM
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Foal
Stall behavior...this is new

My mare, is an orphan, hand-raised from one month old, very well taken care of, she was always put in the barn at night. Evidently there were issues w/the neighbor and he started 'doing things' to her former owners horses. Since she's been w/me she gets inside during very bad weather, never a problem. I put her in last night, it's raining, windy, cold here in South Dakota now and she was chilled. I don't have blankets for them (she has had a blanket in the past). I put them all in, knowing everyone (3) would probably benefit from getting out of the wind and cold rain. No one has winter coats yet. She tore the barn up! She knocked the stall door off it's hinges, which pulled the framing off and bales of hay everywhere, not to mention horse dookie everywhere. I am stunned. I don't know what set her off. All three were munching hay in their stalls and quiet when I checked at bedtime. (I always check them before I go to bed, lights on, etc., I'm OCD that way) This is new, she was calm when I entered the barn, like nothing happened, walked right up to me to get her lead to go out to pasture. If anyone had told me she had issues w/being in a stall, I would have said 'yeah right'. Thank goodness she wasn't hurt. She knocked a shovel around and the hay forks were put up. ???
     
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    10-15-2013, 10:41 AM
  #2
Yearling
I really really hate to ask what "doing things" means.

Is this the first time youve stalled her since youve owned her?

Could have been something spooked her and she knocked down the door. Then proceeded to do as horsies do and get into everything. I have one that gets super freaked out over lightning, and could see him kicking the stall door down if there was a clap of thunder big enough...

Or maybe her and the closest horse had a disagreement... again, kicking leads to broken stuff, and curious horse gets the hay bale....

I would probably repair the damage, try again and see if it happens again. Maybe put her next to a different horse when you do it, just change it up a bit.

Hope that helps...
     
    10-15-2013, 11:19 AM
  #3
Trained
Make sure your stall doors can't be knocked off their hinges. The scene you described with hay bales spread about and tools strewn about would be exactly what my horse would do if he got out of a stall & into an area with hay & tools. Heavy duty door frames, jambs, hinges, lag bolt attachments are needed. I know of a horse who laid down in a stall and when she went to get up, she must've kicked the stall door, it came off it's hinges, fell on her head & killed her. While the stall door itself was heavy duty, the frame, jamb & hardware were obviously not.
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    10-16-2013, 09:09 AM
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Foal
Thanks for the feedback. She gets stalled when waiting for her turn w/the farrier, and vet treatments, etc., or when really bad weather happens, it's her stall. She was calm when I got there in the morning to turn them out, the other two acted like just another day at the office. I looked her over for scratches, cuts, nothing thank goodness. The door has been repaired, all three actually, with heavier hinges and the frame has been reset. I've removed tools to a more secure location. My husband thinks we should put a webcam thingy in the barn next time to see if a bird is in there, one of the dogs decided it'd be cool to get one of worked up (we do have one very jealous of the horses dog, she's not allowed in the pasture or corrals, she does sleep in the barn.) Kodah is not an excitable horse, she never blows up, rears, balks, she leads nice. I'm still scratching my head on this one. Thankful she didn't get hurt :)
     

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