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    04-11-2010, 03:32 PM
  #1
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Horse wanting to rush out of the stall

Our mare wants to run out of the stall as soon as the door is opened. It's not aggression towards the human, but she just wants to get out of there as fast as she can. She tried today to bolt right out past me. I just wanted to bounce some ideas around and see if you guys have any suggestions. She does have a tremendous amount of energy...that may be partly because we are giving her four scoops of feed a day (she really needs it because she has lots and lots of weight to gain). IMO that is no excuse anyway, she has to learn to be respectful. She has had a long full life as a trail horse, so she should know her manners, I just thinks she needs a refresher course. So I was thinking maybe I need to open the door with a riding crop and back her up out of the doorway, then make her stand and get her halter on. What do you guys think?
     
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    04-11-2010, 07:30 PM
  #2
Trained
To quote Clinton Anderson, "Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard". If you have a good size space somewhere near her stall, let her bolt out as usual and then work her ass off with circles, changes of direction, etc. Anything that keeps her moving. After a good 10 minutes, put her back in her stall and let her rest. After she's caught her breath, do it again. Open the door and give her the opportunity to make the mistake of bolting past you. If she does, she works again and then goes back to her stall to rest. Once she realizes that all she'll get by busting out of her stall is to work, she'll change her tune. Once she comes out calmly, proceed onto wherever she's going like she never had the bad habit in the first place. You may need to work on it for a week or so, but once she gets it, the behavior will most likely stop. Good luck.
     
    04-11-2010, 07:48 PM
  #3
Trained
She sounds scared. I would assume that she is bolting because she feels confined and trapped.

Great post MyBoyPuck.
     
    04-11-2010, 08:24 PM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by sandy2u1    
So I was thinking maybe I need to open the door with a riding crop and back her up out of the doorway, then make her stand and get her halter on. What do you guys think?
I personally would try that first. See if that helps.
     
    04-11-2010, 11:35 PM
  #5
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Myboybuck, thanks for the reply. It sounds like a good idea...the tough part of that is that there isn't really enough room to lunge in circles in the barn isle. I could borrow the end stall, but there would still be a good 7-10 feet for her to go to get in an area where she can lunge. I'm afraid she won't make the connection between the two.

MIEventer, thank you for posting, that could very well be the case. I know at the place we got her from she was kept in a paddock, and when they got her she was living in a pasture. She didn't mind being in the trailer though, and it was a two horse with a divider. A lot tighter space than a stall. She is at a new barn, has new humans taking care of her and is around horses she doesn't know yet. I don't think she is a bad horse or anything, she is having to get used to a lot. However, I don't want to post on here a month from now, well she started out bolting out of the stall, then she got to where she'd push people out of the way, and then she ran over the top of someone...what should I do....I want to nip it in the bud now.

I should also point out that she has yet to actually get past me. I stopped her with the stall door...then leaned in with both hands and put all my weight into her chest. She did back up into the stall, and although it took everything I had to get her to do it...she did do it. Luckily for me I still had a hold of the stall door, cause had it been wide open she would have just ran right past me. Also, lucky for me, she didn't push through me. The whole point of that long spill (sorry y'all, I'm long winded) was that I don't want to actually let her get past me if I can help it.

One more thing I should tell ya, then I will shut up. She doesn't live in the stall...she only goes in for feedings (although today she stayed in there about 2 hours). My horse Major stayed in his stall too though, so she wasn't alone.
     
    04-15-2010, 11:49 AM
  #6
Foal
Protein does not add weight but it sure will make any horse hot and full of adrenaline.

4 scoops a day for a horse that stands in a stall all day is like giving a 5 year old boy 24 snickers and wondering why he is wound up like a cheap watch!!

If you don't know how to effectively manage her weight get some advice from a vet.

Me thinks that once you reduce the protein--by a bunch-- you will find that she calms down substantially.
     
    04-15-2010, 11:59 AM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by 5cuetrain    
Protein does not add weight but it sure will make any horse hot and full of adrenaline.

4 scoops a day for a horse that stands in a stall all day is like giving a 5 year old boy 24 snickers and wondering why he is wound up like a cheap watch!!

If you don't know how to effectively manage her weight get some advice from a vet.

Me thinks that once you reduce the protein--by a bunch-- you will find that she calms down substantially.
My thoughts as well. What kind of feed are you giving her?

Also, if you don't have room to lunge her, just try making her back up. She needs to wait for your "okay" to come out of the stall. I would take a step back and establish (or re-establish) your role as her leader.

Does she respect you once she is out of the stall? Is she pushy at all or does she try to drag you around? If so work on that first outside of the stall and once you get her respectful outside, the rushing the stall door should be easy to fix, if it still showes up at all.

You're doing the right thing by nipping it in the bud! Good luck.
     
    04-15-2010, 12:30 PM
  #8
Trained
Change her feed first and walk her back and forth through the door untill she is thoroughly bored with it. Then do it some more.
     
    04-15-2010, 12:43 PM
  #9
Foal
Need more info:
Lets get some height to weight tape ratios and give us the % of protein, fat and fiber/carbs for this gal... she sounds like she is cranked up and rearing to go.
how is she when you go up to her in her pasture?
How does she handle when you go into her stall when you aren't letting her out and what do you do with her in her stall?
Is her stall too small for the size horse ? Can she lay down if she wanted too or is she not relaxed enough to do that?
does she pace or is she neurotic with tendency to gnaw on wood, pace, sway?
     
    04-15-2010, 09:20 PM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
Change her feed first and walk her back and forth through the door untill she is thoroughly bored with it. Then do it some more.


Sounds like, if I understood correctly, that she is not kept in a stall, but only fed her feed in the stall.

T had the same set up at the barn that I bought her from. While normally a very well mannered horse, she would rush the stall door every time. Call it anxiety or what ever, not exceptble. I did just what Kevin suggested. Worked like a charm. Eventually I could get her to take one step at a time without the halter and lead on .

Good luck.
     

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