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post #1 of 6 Old 06-23-2013, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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Horse Jumping Out Of Stall

I couldn't find any past threads on this so I thought I'd start one.

What do you do when a horse jumps out of a stall? As in, what is the proper correction to deliver?

I have a young green mare who was recently put in a stall overnight for the first time. Previously, she'd only lived in a pasture/paddock.

The following morning, when I went to feed/water/muck out, I opened up the top door so she could look out while I did my chores. Overall she seemed content. That being said, I was never farther than about 20 ft. From her. Eventually I did walk farther away for something, and she immediately jumped the stall door and followed after me.

She's a little 15.1hh QH and it shocked me that she could clear 3+ ft. From a stand still, so I didn't react right away. Then I caught her and put her back in the stall, and then shut both doors. I've never had a horse do that...but I know it happens.

So what's the correct way to handle a situation like that?

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-23-2013, 06:44 AM
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There's not much you can do except keep the door closed & try to figure out why she jumped out.
Was she slowly acclimated to the stall?
Are there other horses in the barn also? Is so, can she see them or are the walls solid?
Did she have enough hay during the night to keep her busy?
She's lucky she didn't get hung up on the door bottom.
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Since she's previously lived outdoors, a stall is a trap to her. You know she's safe from horse eating predators but she doesn't know that and she relies on being able to do a fast quarter mile to save her hide. Never discipline a horse for this behaviour. Either leave her out or keep the top door closed.
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Hot wire. Light up the gate or whatever she jumped and she will stay in.
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I wouldn't recommend that for a stall door. She may kill herself or injure herself seriously being in a small enclosed place with no where to get away from the monster that has now come to eat her. I'd keep the door shut and make sure she has plenty of hay to occupy herself. She may acclimate to the smaller space. If the door is solid and easily repalced with one she can see through you may try that and see if she acclimates quicker. Otherwise set her up with a run in or put her back in a pasture.
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There's not much you can do except keep the door closed & try to figure out why she jumped out.
Was she slowly acclimated to the stall?
Are there other horses in the barn also? Is so, can she see them or are the walls solid?
Did she have enough hay during the night to keep her busy?
She's lucky she didn't get hung up on the door bottom.
When I first introduced her to the stall, we walked in and out about a dozen times, and then I hung out in there with her for a while. There were other horses within view about 50 ft. Away, as well as a horse in the stall next to her, but the walls are solid. She had enough hay and water, and the surprising thing is that she didn't seem tense or nervous or scared at all. There was no warning at all. She just popped over the door and ambled over to me as if it was no big deal.

I'll keep the top door shut from now on. My only concern then was that in that particular stall, both doors were solid, as well as all the walls, so she couldn't see anything. I thought it would be reassuring to her to be able to see out. I was so relieved when she wasn't hurt. Little bugger.

Luckily, at the shows we're going to this summer, the she will be able to see through the top door and 2 of the walls of her stall.

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I wouldn't recommend that for a stall door. She may kill herself or injure herself seriously being in a small enclosed place with no where to get away from the monster that has now come to eat her. I'd keep the door shut and make sure she has plenty of hay to occupy herself. She may acclimate to the smaller space. If the door is solid and easily repalced with one she can see through you may try that and see if she acclimates quicker. Otherwise set her up with a run in or put her back in a pasture.
She was being introduced to the stall only because that is what she'll need to stay in when we go to shows this summer.

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