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post #1 of 7 Old 01-22-2009, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Issues while feeding inside

I am feeding Blaze inside the barn some nights due to the weather. He has crazy separation anxiety being away from his buddies, and sometimes it's worse than other. I usually feed him in a single stall or single-tied to an o-ring on the wall. He will dance around, pull back to the end of his lead, whinny, paw and then take a bite of food. Repeat, and so on. I can't get to his hooves to work with them when he's doing this, and I'm not sure how to stop the behavior. I tell him "NO" when he paws and he'll stop, but I don't know how to stop his anxiety.

I am researching/starting doing a lot of groundwork to work on his respect for me and he does well inside paying attention for that. But, when it comes time to eat and I need to be fussing around grooming and working with his hooves, his behavior is awful.

Help!

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Gah... I'm afraid I'm of no help on this one. I don't work on the horses (aside from limited gentle lovin') while they are eating. I figure that it is their time. The rest of the day is mine.

What happens if you feed him, then work on teaching him to stand tied patiently while you work?

My 2˘ Though I do know a lot of people do both at the same time so I'm sure you'll get some pointers.

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Gah... I'm afraid I'm of no help on this one. I don't work on the horses (aside from limited gentle lovin') while they are eating. I figure that it is their time. The rest of the day is mine.

What happens if you feed him, then work on teaching him to stand tied patiently while you work?

My 2˘ Though I do know a lot of people do both at the same time so I'm sure you'll get some pointers.
Thanks Dumas. I think he'd probably be antsy when tied inside whether I was feeding him or not. Last night he actually knocked over the feed bucket before he was all done because he was so busy being a pill. I stood there for a few minutes waiting to see if he'd calm down. Nope.

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Hmmmm.. he just sounds herd sour.

That's just going to take time and patience to get him over.

Can you lead him in little circles in the barn to keep his mind busy then offer him his feed and leave him alone so he gets to munch out?

Like work, release, feed, work, release, clean feet, work, love, let him back out??

That's about all I have. I've never personally dealt with this issue ( I feed in the pasture) So, I'm just throwing out there what I would try first.

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Hmmmm.. he just sounds herd sour.

That's just going to take time and patience to get him over.

Can you lead him in little circles in the barn to keep his mind busy then offer him his feed and leave him alone so he gets to munch out?

Like work, release, feed, work, release, clean feet, work, love, let him back out??

That's about all I have. I've never personally dealt with this issue ( I feed in the pasture) So, I'm just throwing out there what I would try first.
Something like that might work. By release do you mean leading him in circles like you're describing?

He's herd sour, but only coming into the barn! He's so bizarre. I've ridden him out away from the other geldings multiple times and only a very few has he even remotely protested.

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LOL... go figure you could ride him miles away and can't lead him into the barn!!! They all have their quirks don't they?!

I just meant "stop working" by saying "release"

What works for me is to keep their feet moving, circles are harder and require more of his attention. Horses have one track minds so a lot of times they will forget about missing the buddies and focus on the work for that moment.

Let me try to say it clearer. Do 3-4 circles, stop, offer him his feed, (hopefully he'll be sick of circles and be happy to eat dinner for you) After he's done (assuming he ate quietly or at least with minimal fussing) Do 3-4 more circles and stop. Offer him the opportunity to stand quietly (this may or may not work) and try to work with his feet. If he let's you... GREAT! If not, do a couple more circles and offer him the chance to stand quietly again. Eventually he'll learn that he has a couple options... 1) fuss & spin or 2) Stand & be patient. Make sure you praise him when he did a good job and love him lots while he's in the barn. Then let him back out to the pasture!!!

Like I said, this isn't foolproof but it's where I'd start.

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Not sure I have much to offer either, but just continue to bring him into the barn and stand tied. Make that his "job".
I would think that with patience and repeating that will help.

Last night I had to do something similar with my 7 month old colt as he was being a pill as well. Forgot a bit about respect and MY space so he got a refreser course (It has been so darn cold here that I have been rushing a bit with chores and haven't worked with him for a bit!) and then after I made him stand tied until I saw that he was settling down and thinking again. Then I picked his feet and brushed a bit and followed with a treat when he behaved.

Wish I could be more of a help!
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