Let me make a long story short and to the point.
My gelding had to of been in a pretty traumatizing expierence in or near a barn.
When I got him in Nov 2012 we were boarded at a place where he was boarded 24/7 365. Only time I ever went into the barn was when I was tacking up to ride which wasn't often. He was PETRIFIED of that barn. Refused to walk in, snorted, bug eyed, ran me over multiple times by getting into my space and crowding me(that didn't fly with me).
Anyway, I moved barns and almost instantly he was 70% better in this one. Not too sure why. But here he is brought in every day and eats in his stall twice a day.
If he is in a stall for more then 30 mins he gets ancy and just waits at the door wide eyed like the boogey man is in there with him. I do make sure there's hay in there if I know he's going to be in alittle longer and lately he doesn't care. He will pick at it, pace alittle, wait at the door and occasionally he will kick the door as hard as he can with his front feet. He's gotten better with the kicking though. Monday he was in his stall for over an hour, kicked 4 times and I screamed at him and he stopped. He use to do it so bad that he broke out of his stall once so I had to install a metal gate door that I knew wasn't going anywhere.
Even on cross ties he is a pest sometimes but not as bad as him being stalled. On Monday, when he was stalled for over an hour once I took him out he was all worked up. Not sweating but frazzled and snorting and wide eyed.
I've thought about leaving him in but I wouldn't put it past him to try kicking down the walls or jumping out.
Normally I wouldn't care about stalling but I do wish to show him in the near future.
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