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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
This is late, but just in reply to loosie, I've had her scoped for ulcers and while I believe chronic stress STARTED her cribbing, she's been doing it since she lost mama as a 2 month old and never stopped. She's fat, healthy, has a balanced diet (she had a blood panel a few months ago to make sure she wasn't lacking on anything), PLENTY of hay to eat, and horses to live with. Theoretically she has no reason to crib, she just does. It started as a coping mechanism and now its just what she does when she's bored to get the endorphins it releases for her. Believe me, I've tried to get her to stop in every way I know how!
And since that paragraph was of no use to this thread, I'd also like to mention that my mini mare is the in the 'don't touch me' group. She has a HUGE work ethic and is honestly a pain in the butt if she isn't given a job to do, but give her a job and she's literally a different horse. If I go to groom her or pet on her, she tolerates me because she knows I'm the lead mare and I can do what I want to- but she always has a look of pure torture on her face. When I bring her working harness out (she drives, and very well for a 5 year old if I do say so myself) she lights up and if she has opposable thumbs I'm pretty sure she'd harness herself. She already practically bridles herself!
I actually did try, when I was younger and much more naïve, to teach her with treats. Back then she was a biter and a kicker. She BARELY tolerated me, and had a terrible attitude about everything. If she trotted nicely in hand, or stood tied, I'd give her a treat (by hand >.> stupidstupidstupid) and praise her. All I got was pinned ears and bared teeth, or her going out of her way to nip me while I was handing her the treat. She felt like she was in charge of the 'treat dispenser' and if she threatened me, treats came out. It took me being kicked once (double barreled in the thigh) and bitten three times to snap to my senses and realize what I was doing to my power hungry horse. As soon as I made the changes, stopped feeding her by hand/rewarding with cuddles and treats, and I just offered her stillness as a reward, her attitude did a 180 and we've never looked back. She hasn't even given me an ugly look in half a year (which is saying something with a mare named Sour!) and hasn't offered to bite or kick in over two.
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