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post #1 of 19 Old 10-29-2012, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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Ideas on Keeping a Horse in a Stall!?

Here is my problem. My horses stablemate is a 2200 pound Belgian mare who REFUSES to stay in a stall. The problem is that while I am out riding my guy, she breaks out, and then won't let us back into the pasture/barn area. She is the lead mare, and quite honestly, a bit unruly and not very nice.

We have tried web doors, solid 8' high wooden doors, chain, rope, tied her in, all to no avail. The wood doors worked the best, but she broke the wall down to get out. She is built like a bulldozer! Oh she is in with another horse, who does stay in, so she is not alone. My horse is the only one out at the time.

She has stall toys, hay bag to slow down the hay consumption when in the stall and none of this works, she just wants to be out!

So in desperation I ask for any suggestions, things that you have tried?

Thanks!!
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post #2 of 19 Old 10-29-2012, 09:24 AM
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Keeping her in a stall is working against her survival instincts. It is a variable in horses. Some horses just succumb to the fact they have to remain in a cage, other's, like this mare don't. We see a barn and stall as a safe haven for horses, they don't. They feel trapped. They don't know a horse eating predator can't get them, they just know they can't escape. I think this mare would be happier and cause a lot less damage if kept in a paddock large enough for her to run around in or pastured.
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post #3 of 19 Old 10-29-2012, 09:59 AM
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What do you mean she won't let you back in the pasture/barn area?

How about putting her in the stall while you are tacking and untacking but leaving her out while you ride?
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mls, I've seen loose horses figure they have the upper hand and will pick on a horse with a rider. When I rode amongst loose horses I always carried a long stick for this very reason.
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Leav her out. Stalling all the time is generally bad for horses and they can develop dangerous stall vices and problems from being locked up. It's not natural. Leave her in an open paddock, or just leave her in the field.
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post #6 of 19 Old 10-29-2012, 01:16 PM
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I agree. Is there any particular reason why she must be indoors? This is probably what is causing her problems. It's like locking a dog in a tiny kennel all day and only taking it out for a walk once in awhile. It is going to develope serious issues.
People think it keeps them safe but it's not very good for them, being an animal that is built to be on the move constantly.

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I agree with those saying to leave her out. I think she would be far more "not nice" inside than out!

Is someone there that can halter/hold her when you return to dismount? Or maybe you should dismount and use a buggy whip to keep Ms. Belgian at bay!

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Does she respect fencing normally? Will she stay in a smaller corral?
One thought would be to put her out side in a bigger fenced area and electrify it, so she knows what the ribbon means. Then just hang the ribbon above the stall door, so she understands, not to touch it. Don't electrify the stall!!! Maybe it will teach her that she can't get out, she has to respect it. Don't know if it will work, just an idea if she has to go in.
I use the ribbon to block of my fat geldings from hay. I don't need it to be electrified anymore, cause now they respect it. I would recommend something that will break easy, if it doesn't work. You don't want injuries.
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Hmmmm this might go against the grain of some people, but I'm going to say it.....she sounds like a big pushy brat! If she is as bad as you describe I'd wire up her whole freaking stall with hot wire......keeps em in a pasture/pen....why not a stall?? Or else (if it were my horse, in this case it sounds like it someone else's horse) I would train that horse in hobbles......if she were trained to stand in front leg hobbles she wouldn't have as much pushing power as she has now......I've seen horses sideline hobbled to 'stand' and when they decided to make a move they pretty much buried their nose in the dirt and figure better of it.......then they are moved to front leg hobbles.....

Boy that would just pi$$ me off!

Let me just add....I agree with just leaving her out in the pasture, but if she needs to be stalled, so be it. I get the impression that you ride in the pasture and stall her while you're riding because she's a brat out in the pasture with you????
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Does she respect fencing normally? Will she stay in a smaller corral?
One thought would be to put her out side in a bigger fenced area and electrify it, so she knows what the ribbon means. Then just hang the ribbon above the stall door, so she understands, not to touch it. Don't electrify the stall!!! Maybe it will teach her that she can't get out, she has to respect it. Don't know if it will work, just an idea if she has to go in.
I use the ribbon to block of my fat geldings from hay. I don't need it to be electrified anymore, cause now they respect it. I would recommend something that will break easy, if it doesn't work. You don't want injuries.
Haha Spotted! I just told her to electrify the freakin stall! LOL!! Too funny!
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