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    05-10-2011, 12:07 PM
  #1
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What do you do when you have a horse that is busy/frantic while eating?

That is whole question.

Just wondering what others do, if anything.

Horse is calm up until grain (small amount of pelleted feed) is poured into feed bucket. No pacing, not pawing, no nothing, until she starts to actually eat. Then she paws like crazy.

Yes, her teeth have been checked and done.

Do you just ignore the behavior or do you do something about it? If you do something about it, what is that something?
     
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    05-10-2011, 12:13 PM
  #2
Trained
Is this a pony?

Lily did this at first, I ignored it and she has stopped pawing. Now she just eats very "aggresively" and licks the heck out of the trough to make sure that she gets every last crumb.
     
    05-10-2011, 12:17 PM
  #3
Banned
A very cute pony at that.

And yes, she licks her feed tub so there is not a hint of a taste in it when she is done. No food morsel goes wasted in her world.

She shows no sign of anxiety while dinner is being prepped, etc. My other mare is pacing circles and walking and out of her stall and talking and carrying on. MFM just stands outside waiting patiently. After I pour her feed into her feeder she calmly walks inside and walks over to her feed tub and it is like you flicked a switch.

She is not hurting anything doing this. I was just wondering what others did about it, if anything.
     
    05-10-2011, 12:22 PM
  #4
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I don't think there is much you can do about it. You guys must all just have some tasty food. Froggy saunters over to his feed and gently eats...LOL
     
    05-10-2011, 12:24 PM
  #5
Banned
My old man does that too.

MFM saunters over and then eats like she has not been fed in years.

BF is just a freak about everything.

Laugh.
     
    05-10-2011, 12:30 PM
  #6
Trained
Maybe it's a pony thing. Gracie also tries to paw her way to China when she gets her grain. Actually, she usually ends up with one hoof in her tub and digs in it. I've never thought much of it, to be honest.

Gracie is also an all-around digger though. If left to "be a horse" too long without work, she will dig giant holes.
     
    05-10-2011, 12:34 PM
  #7
Trained
Flame always pawed until I put the grain in her tub. Soda does nothing unusual other than pinning his ears at the dogs trying to eat his food. He actually nipped one of them once!
     
    05-10-2011, 01:10 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Sunny(not a pony ) does this. She pretty much attacks her trough and paws while eating. I usually just let her be and don't get on to her.
     
    05-10-2011, 01:13 PM
  #9
Yearling
2 of my horses do this one paws and paws from the moment you start preping and Magi just talks to you till her feed is put in the bucket then she balances on 3 legs the entire time and waves the other in mini circles.

She only does this at feed time I ignre her its not doing any harm. I used to put rocks in her feed but she tossed her bucket over and ate off the ground
     
    05-10-2011, 03:13 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Jynx used to flip her grain dish over pawing and waste a bunch, and I had to stand there to feed her so I would tap her leg with a crop and say quit firmly. She graduated to standing on 3 legs to eat. The only reason I cared is because she'd flip her dish and then have a bunch of dirt and sand in her food. So she just holds one front leg up while she eats now, and alternates from leg to leg during her meal.

Shay-las mare BOLTS her feed, and beats on her bucket. She's tried tying the bucket, putting in a tire, putting a brick in the feed bucket to slow her down and nothing matters. She gets it everywhere, and she's choked a couple times from it already, ironically from soaking it so she DOESN'T choke because she refuses to chew. So she can't have beet pulp anymore, and Shay-la still struggles to find a way to make her calm down for feeding time!
     

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