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post #1 of 12 Old 10-20-2013, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Bad Stall Manners!

My horse paces and digs and kicks her stall. Its making me mad plus I wanna bring her to breed shows next year so shell need to be in a stall. I want her to be able to stand in a stall what can I do?
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-20-2013, 08:05 PM
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I think you will find that many at any show have stall vices. All it means is that their stalls are horrible to clean. As far as I know, there is no way to correct it. Some are horsey Cuisinarts, and others-very neat.

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I think you will find that many at any show have stall vices. All it means is that their stalls are horrible to clean. As far as I know, there is no way to correct it. Some are horsey Cuisinarts, and others-very neat.
Usually I wont care but she has taken doors off stalls before I don't wanna pay for that and I can't tie her in a stall she unties herself
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Guess you better learn a new knot.
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Have you tried stall toys like a hanging ball or hanging a gallon jug of water in the doorway? Sometimes you can distract them with a toy or two.

I will not let horses kick in stalls. I will use an electric dog collar but not let them see me when I use it. Horses can completely cripple themselves kicking in stalls or trailers and a shock collar has never failed to stop it for me.

I would also add Magnesium to her diet. It can make a HUGE difference in disposition and stopping anxiety type problems.

As for tying -- make a tie rope with a snap on both ends. Run one end around a tie ring or stall bar and snap it to itself. You can run the rope through a garden horse before putting one of the snaps on it and the horse cannot chew it in two. Put a panic snap on the other end.
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Can you start with positive experiences in the stall? Feed her in there and take her out. Take her tack off in her stall. Groom her is there. When you bring her in toss some carrots in her feed bucket. Make it a happy place!!!

I'd also try toys. The Amazing graze is a GREAT toy. The horse rolls it and snacks fall out. Some lady's at my barn do cheerios. It's pretty funny watch a horse sift through bedding hunting for one cheerio! Uncle Jims hanging balls are good too! The horses go nuts for them.

We had a laid up mare who was a weaver/walker and a length wise mirror hung horizontally at eye level helped her relax a bit.

How open is her stall? Does it have solid walls? Somewhere to hang her head out? A window?

You can also try building a 12x12 sectioned off area in her paddock to help her get used to smaller spaces.

You may also want to line her stall with rubber mats to soften the blow to her body when she kicks the wall.

I'd also second the collar when she is really misbehaving. There are somethings that are just a NO in my book.

Sorry my post was a bit all over the place, I was just typing what came to mind.
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Can you start with positive experiences in the stall? Feed her in there and take her out. Take her tack off in her stall. Groom her is there. When you bring her in toss some carrots in her feed bucket. Make it a happy place!!!

I'd also try toys. The Amazing graze is a GREAT toy. The horse rolls it and snacks fall out. Some lady's at my barn do cheerios. It's pretty funny watch a horse sift through bedding hunting for one cheerio! Uncle Jims hanging balls are good too! The horses go nuts for them.

We had a laid up mare who was a weaver/walker and a length wise mirror hung horizontally at eye level helped her relax a bit.

How open is her stall? Does it have solid walls? Somewhere to hang her head out? A window?

You can also try building a 12x12 sectioned off area in her paddock to help her get used to smaller spaces.

You may also want to line her stall with rubber mats to soften the blow to her body when she kicks the wall.

I'd also second the collar when she is really misbehaving. There are somethings that are just a NO in my book.

Sorry my post was a bit all over the place, I was just typing what came to mind.
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I had to put mesh wiring up over her stall because when she realizes she can get her head out she runs through the door or stall chain but I do like ur ideas
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Stall chain?!? No no no. Her running through that probably taught her to do that. Id raise the height of the door and reinforce it so she doesn't feel she can overpower the door.

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I like the above ideas! I do know that me and my boss had a horse come through that was awful (sounded a lot like you mare actually lol) in a stall. In fact, he kicked his stall door down and bent the hinge so we had to cut the stall in half to get him out. After we tried the toys, and several other nice things, my boss pulled me aside and said "Wanna see an old cowboy trick?" I said sure and we sat down. She waited until he kicked the door and very quickly got up and kicked the door back. It gave that horse quite a shock that he stopped kicking at his stall (she did also say that she usually had to do it two or three times on others.) The same horse had a pawing/running out of his stall problem and every time she caught him she chucked a brush at the side of the stall or door. The noise made him stop and he never saw the brush coming, but knew if he did it while one of us was around there'd be hell to pay. :) You might not ever be able to fully get her to stand like you want (and I second what franknbeans said, show horses + stall = disaster and noise), but she might at least stop doing it while your around! Good luck! :)

Just because I forgot: Is she getting out enough? Part of her problem is boredom and maybe if she gets out enough that will be enough to keep her calm in a stall. I have a gelding who paces and destroys stalls when he's in them regardless of what you do to curb it, so he's out 24/7.
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Put a kickchain on her and it will stop the kidding.
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