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post #1 of 5 Old 08-31-2012, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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I've had a grumpy horse the last 2 days...


Just after a bit of advice really. The last 2 days that I have bought my TB in for his morning/evening feed, he's been in a foul mood once in his stable. Catching him, he's been fine. Walks over to me and no problems bringing him up to or into the stable.

After he's been in there a couple of minutes, he starts backing up and then 'tapping' the wall. Not a full blown kick but almost like he's threatening to then just tapping the wall. Spends most of the time calling back down to the field too where his field mates are (and they call back).

Just to clarify, he's coming in for feeds twice a day as he's underwieght - only been with me for a week and was fine the first few days.

I've made sure that I have kept him in the stable until he stops doing it and calms down so that he doesn't think he's being rewarded for his bad behaviour by being taken back down to the field.

I have to admit, today he was a bit better than yesterday but just wondered if anyone else had had this or knew of any way I can stop him from doing it?

I know he's still settling in and cross that I've taken him away (all be it for 15 mins) from his 'friends' but I just don't want any bad behaviour to become habit.

Thanks for reading.


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post #2 of 5 Old 08-31-2012, 06:57 PM
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Now that there's a routine, horses will sometimes do this. "I love this so much I just have to bang the wall". Perhaps use a lunge whip and tap his hip when he does this. Stay out of kicking range. After a few times he'll likely not do it when you are just holding the whip.
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I would have him checked for ulcers.
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-01-2012, 07:36 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your replies :)

Just got back from my morning visit to him and he was fine. Didn't back up once. I think he was just annoyed that he'd been taken away from his friends but now has realised that he will be returned to them each time. Will be keeping an eye on him though.

Thanks again and I'll bear your responses in mind if he does start to do it again :)


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