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post #1 of 8 Old 02-29-2012, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Foot pawing

When my horse is in cross ties, and I am grooming him if I walk away to do something out of his site, he starts pawing the ground. Here's the problem if I come back it acts as a reward.and he stops. How can I correct him ?
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-29-2012, 12:39 PM
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I'm curious...why do you think pawing while you're away requires some correction? I don't see that it is causing any harm.

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post #3 of 8 Old 02-29-2012, 12:44 PM
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It's bad for their hoofs
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-29-2012, 01:01 PM
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leave him untill he stops, then come back. a bit of pawing won't do much harm.
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-29-2012, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, the trainer said, that the pawing was not particularly good because he considers me his and there four puts him in control. Yes I do have concers for his hoofs. I like the idea of not returning until he stops, I wonder if turning away from him and not giving him attention until he stops?
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-29-2012, 02:20 PM
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Walk away and hide somewhere that you can watch him but he can't see you. When he starts to paw, toss a brush at him. He won't know where it came from and eventually he'll catch on that he isn't supposed to paw. This cured my horses. If anyone gets it in their mind to start doing it again, I toss a brush and they don't do it again.
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-29-2012, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Great idea! Thanks mollysue
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-29-2012, 04:06 PM
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Lol, I'm bad. My boy gets away with it every time. Is it rude yes? I've tried everything...I've now learned to live with it. It's one of his little quirks!

That answer was totally useless. But subbing to hear what other people have tried to get their horses to stop this annoying yet sometimes cute and funny habit!

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