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    05-12-2011, 11:38 AM
  #11
Foal
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Originally Posted by morabhobbyhorse    
When I first got Sienna she was stalled and she chewed the wood. So I went to 'rough' board and she quit that. I moved her with her trainer who went to another barn, and she brought her in at night with the other horses and Sienna was fine, although she'd really rather be out. Pawing? You find something for that and I'll try it. I've tried the same thing, tied up (well not for hours) I made her an anklet of beads that tied on and that worked for a while. But She is just really a jealous attention seeker. She seldom paws when I'm next to her but as soon as I walk away she starts, even if she can see me. I decided to live with it since it bothers other people a lot more than it does me, kind of how you get used to traffic sounds at night after a while. She's a really high energy horse, and doesn't do it to the detriment of her feet, etc. I know they used to put old horse shoes around their ankles for that but I won't do that.
Sounds like your horse is a lot like mine!! :) She only paws when I leave her alone--if I'm there with her she doesn't do it (which is why this is so hard of a habit to break). I even tried tying her close to a stall I could hide in and she couldn't see me and then snap a lunge whip when she started pawing....we did it for hours. She's super smart, so it makes it even harder!! I'm glad I'm not the only one out there though with this problem.

And yeah, with being stalled...I think it's still just as healthy for her, since she will be turned out with other horses during the day in a 20 acre pasture, and then brought in at night. It's not like she would be cooped up in there all day or anything. We'll just see how everything goes I guess....
     
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    05-12-2011, 12:03 PM
  #12
Banned
Yes Sienna can be a trial and they do sound alike. I think once she gets to get out in the daytime and work off some of that energy, and have a 'herd' she'll probably settle down for you. I wish you the best of luck with her. Cheryl
     
    05-12-2011, 07:14 PM
  #13
Foal
Make sure she has a haybag and a horse stalled next too her that she is fond of..
Good luck! =))
     
    05-12-2011, 07:26 PM
  #14
Foal
So far she's been doing great. She actually did better staying in a stall at night than she did staying out in a pen all night (mostly because her friends were all brought into their stalls at night, where she just stayed in the pen). :)
     
    05-13-2011, 07:40 AM
  #15
Banned
Good, she's getting there. It's just an adjustment to the move sounds like. Sienna did so well her move last Tuesday they put her right out with another mare. When I got there, she looked when I called her name and started to 'mosey' from the other side of the pasture. A bite of grass, 2 steps, smell horse poop, 2 steps. Another mare saw me and thought, 'Wow, a person, maybe she can be mine.' she started trotting toward me and Sienna ran across the pasture and drove her off. She really is quite jealous of me, and so intelligent, it's hard for me to stay ahead of her
     
    05-13-2011, 04:57 PM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by morabhobbyhorse    
Good, she's getting there. It's just an adjustment to the move sounds like. Sienna did so well her move last Tuesday they put her right out with another mare. When I got there, she looked when I called her name and started to 'mosey' from the other side of the pasture. A bite of grass, 2 steps, smell horse poop, 2 steps. Another mare saw me and thought, 'Wow, a person, maybe she can be mine.' she started trotting toward me and Sienna ran across the pasture and drove her off. She really is quite jealous of me, and so intelligent, it's hard for me to stay ahead of her
Haha. I think it helps that she gets grain when she gets brought in at night...so it's like a reward for coming into her stall and it's teaching her to enjoy being in her stall. The barn manager said she hasn't been pacing around/messing up the bedding in her stall like some of the other "pacey" horses do, so hopefully she's getting the hang of relaxation/likes being dry when it's raining outside! I know some people posted about their horses not wanting to go into a shelter when it rains, but mine does!! If it starts raining or anything, she heads for the shelter/lean-to. :)
     
    05-13-2011, 05:09 PM
  #17
Banned
Yeah, Sienna has always used her run in if it wasn't 'eating' weather, LOL. She doesn't mind rain as long as she can still eat!
     
    05-13-2011, 10:40 PM
  #18
Foal
Yeah, Dream isn't that big of a feed hog, so she'd rather be not getting rained on. :)
     
    05-14-2011, 08:42 AM
  #19
Banned
I have always said Sienna is 'square' LOL and it's about true. I don't give her grain, except for the handful the BO used to give her when she came in because the other horses got it. I've cut out treats now that we've worked on her staying put when I come up to her in the pasture, although I still have to occasionally have to 'join' with her again, LOL when she tests me. And in a pasture that's a lot harder on ME than her and I swear I think she knows it. I'm out there huffing and puffing cutting off her drive line. But she just does that for some perverse sense of fun sometimes. But she's about as wide as she is long, LOL. When I got her she honestly didn't know how to eat grass, had been kept and mostly ignored in a paddock with a tree, hay and water. We put water on the ground right next to her hay in the arena where she stayed at first and she would dunk in. Somehow she remembered it was supposed to be moist, but grass? (It was August) no interest. I spent a lot of time just being with her at first, and I would 'mosey' her around the farm, let her check out new things. One day I was there just hanging out with her in the arena because it was raining outside, a very light gentle rain for around here. When it quit, I decided to mosey her, and she sniffed some wet grass, took a tentative bite, and hasn't quit eating since, LOL. Seriously she is so round I can't mount her from the ground, because of my disability which sometimes keeps me housebound and sometimes lets me be quite active. So I'm overweight, and not really as flexible as I could be maybe if I worked on it, and putting my foot in the stirrup and trying to bounce on my right foot to get enough momentum to get me on her always ends up with a slipped saddle. (I recently lost 20 lbs and working on more since spring has finally come KINDA to VT). Oh well I digress, LOL. Anyway she's a chow hound but very pushy about treats, well food in general, so I quit giving her treats for anything, just a good scratch on her itchy places. But Sienna uses her run in more for sun than anything else. Rain and snow don't seem to bother her. She's a hearty little thing.
     
    05-14-2011, 02:15 PM
  #20
Weanling
I've never had a nervous horse like that but a lady in the basement stalls at our barn is leasing a 20y/o morab. She wouldn't stand to be tied to save her life! The vet told them to tie her for an hour everyday They did, brushed her and would give her a treat as soon as she calmed down. Now they can tie her and walk away she just stands. Maybe give that a try?
The other thing you could try is a stall mirror. I've read they help nervous horses. I'm going to make one because I don't feel like spending the money to have one shipped.
Horse mirrors (also known as stable, stall or companion mirror)
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