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post #1 of 13 Old 06-23-2007, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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cantering in circles alone

ok i've been watching star for a few minutes from my kitchen window and he's been cantering in a perfect circle in his pen (90 ft by 60 ft) for i don't know how long. he'll stop look around and then start again it's as if some one is lunging him but there is no one there and poor abby is in the shade of the barn watching her moran brother do this!!! is this out of bordem? or has he lost his mind?.......i should have my new pasture ready with in the next few day's but wondering if he should go out like this?
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post #2 of 13 Old 06-23-2007, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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ok went out to see if he was ok....he slowed down enough for me to snap a pic of hm doing it
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post #3 of 13 Old 06-24-2007, 12:25 PM
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Kansas, my first guess is that he's bored. How often is he being ridden? Has he got a toy to play with? He probably needs a job to do so that he's not trying to invent something while in his paddock.
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star just turned 2 in march, he has his older sister to keep him company (she's 14 months older) but she like's to go off and graze by her self, i have tried empy bleach bottles (he pulld those down and made a mess of them) and a ball which he popped, i have cut down on his grain and put out more hay but his on his normal feed again becouse that didn't a thing.,
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hee! hee! sounds like your boy might like a pet stick?????
Another toy I use is a small bike trainer wheel tied with a stretchy cord to a post.......hours of pinging fun!! Anyway here's some photo's of tu with his latest pet stick I love the young one's, there such a dag!
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what do you do with the sticks?!
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post #7 of 13 Old 06-24-2007, 07:46 PM
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well....I did try to teach him to go fetch but he is more content picking it up and tossing it in the air....even funnier when it clonks him on the head on the way down.....it sends him in to a jumping cantering spree around the paddock and then......he finds it again and goes through the whole game again
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Thats funny! I would love to teach my pony that! what did you go about doing to get them to play with the toy!?
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post #9 of 13 Old 06-24-2007, 10:39 PM
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I'm not sure, but we had a stud that woud do the same thing as tumai's horse and we have his son here (Who is about a month old) and he's trying to do the same thing!! It's too funny to watch We sold the stud a while back, but when he was here, he would pick up sticks and run with them as fast as he could go, he would also pick up the rubber feed bowls and toss them around and he found some old cloth once and went to town with it
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post #10 of 13 Old 06-25-2007, 12:56 AM
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You don't really teach them, I just offer different obsolete things and see if it takes there fancy, bottles, balls, sticks...some people have special balls with handles or the same as you would use in stables for horses that crib to alleviate boredom problems. A favorite is a plastic bottle thats had mollasses in it.....I have a freind with a colt who has a pet piece of carpet If there is nothing wrong with his health then I would think there is nothing wrong with your youngster Kansas, he's just playing or amusing himself.......young horses are no different to kittens who play with wool or letting puppies tear a cardboard box to bits...its young animal behaviour IMO, I do find colts are more playful than filly's and Stallions tend to retain that playfulness and I encourage that for the paddock as it is a no no for work time. Aside from being terribly amusing, I think its good healthy behaviour for youngsters to play in the paddock.......just not allowed at work time.
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