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    10-19-2011, 08:57 PM
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Foal
Help with horse thats obsessed with food

I know all horses really enjoy eating but mine is being borderline obsessed with eating & I would really appreciate some advice. While riding she is constantly throwing her head & trying to stop for grass & has to be made to go because she is wanting to go back to the barn so bad to eat. I know how horses usually act towards food & hers is definitely worse & abnormal. She's fed enough & is in perfect health, I have no clue how to break her of this or atleast bring the behavior down to a normal level. Also I don't know if this could be related but she's always been the horse that's low in the pecking order & just recently she has become the boss when my dad bought a yearling colt, so could her becoming dominant have something to do with it? Any advice or questions please post them! (=
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    10-19-2011, 09:16 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Personally I think it's either the horse has been allowed to get it's way before and now it thinks it's okay to choose what to do or the is a dominance issue/lack of respect from the horse. If asking the horse to do something doesn't work, correct or reprimand the horse by making it work.

One thing I do is tie a knot in my split reins at the point where the horse is just out of reach to grab the grass. Then I set the reins on the horn of the saddle. When the horse goes to reach for grass, it puts the pressure on the bit itself and released the pressure itself. When they stop trying to eat, I let them go ahead and eat. It makes it my decision when they eat. At least it works for me
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    10-19-2011, 09:36 PM
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Foal
Oh & also it's so extreme that she even tries to grab the leaves off of the trees! Thanks for the reply usandpets, I think it could have something to do with being babieda little last winter.
     
    10-19-2011, 10:19 PM
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Started
My old qh used to be like that... he was crazy trying to eat corn stalks, leaves and branches, grass, pretty much anything is his way. I did the same thing usaandpets did. I put a knot in the reins when n placed it on the horn to give him the chance to correct himself without straining my muscles. It worked.
If your ride english (i do both) I used a piece of a driving harness that connects the back of the bridle by the ears to the saddle. And with the different settings you can decide how low you want his head. But after the horn thing he really stopped refusing to eat when being ridden so it wasn't to hard with the harness piece. He became light on the reins and didn't need much rein commands anymore.
     
    10-19-2011, 10:20 PM
  #5
Started
My old qh used to be like that... he was crazy trying to eat corn stalks, leaves and branches, grass, pretty much anything is his way. I did the same thing usaandpets did. I put a knot in the reins when n placed it on the horn to give him the chance to correct himself without straining my muscles. It worked.
If your ride english (i do both) I used a piece of a driving harness that connects the back of the bridle by the ears to the saddle. And with the different settings you can decide how low you want his head. But after the horn thing he really stopped refusing to eat when being ridden so it wasn't to hard with the harness piece. He became light on the reins and didn't need much rein commands anymore.
     
    10-20-2011, 12:35 PM
  #6
Foal
I used to ride a trail horse that would often yank the reins out of children's hands, because he decided it was time to stop and graze. I then started riding him with a dressage whip so that every time he tried to stop and eat I gave him a good whack on his rump. He stopped doing that after a couple times and now he is a lot more respectful. The only problem with this is that each horse is different and if your mare is already nervous, then this may not be the best method. You do not have to hit her hard though, just enough to get her attention.
     

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