Kicking stall walls during feeding times

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    11-27-2012, 10:09 PM
Kicking stall walls during feeding times

My mare Belle has a bad habit of kicking the stall walls during feeding times, especially at morning feeding per my BO. My BO has told me they usually wait till she's done having her kicking fit then go back to feed her, although, I really don't think it's consistent. I'm betting they feed her first so she doesn't act up too much.

The BO told me today, that Belle kicked the latch on the stall door and broke the clip on the chain, then proceeded to slide the latch over and escape.

Here's a pic from tonight, not the best quality. You can see the gate with the latch you slide over. You can't really see the broken clip, but you can see my stud chain wrapped around, hopefully Belle won't kick that too!

When I went over to the barn tonight, my BO had put a bungee cord on the stall door, but I really didn't trust it, so I put a stud chain around it to hold the door till we can replace the clip on the latch.
Does Anyone have any tips or ideas to stop Belle from kicking and doing anymore damage? I actually don't put shoes on her hinds as I'm afraid she'll not only do more damage, but hurt herself.
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    11-27-2012, 10:14 PM
Front or back feet? Kick chains
    11-27-2012, 10:20 PM
No shoes on the back feet. She backs up to the feeder and stall walls and kicks away.
    11-27-2012, 10:23 PM
This begins as one of those things that happens at the wrong time. Perhaps she kicked at an annoying fly just as feed was coming. Aha, if I bang, food comes. The way to undo this is to approach the stall with feed but stop with the first bang, turn your back to her and slowly start walking away. Be prepared for some banging that may get frantic. She will stop and only then do you approach with her feed. If she starts again, turn away again and walk away. Only when she's quiet do you approach the stall and give her her feed. Whoever is feeding must be consistant with this or she will start up again. She will test maybe in a few days or a week or a month and a reminder of what happens is usually enought to stop it forever.
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    11-27-2012, 10:24 PM
She does get let out during the day and in at night to eat, btw. Then I usually work or ride her in the evening when I get home.
    11-27-2012, 10:26 PM
Ive had several stall kickers through the years and have tried the withhold feed trick never works. They just keep banging away and than will start banging whenever they see you anywhere near feed.

I've personally had good luck with kick chains.

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    11-27-2012, 10:27 PM
I will have to ask my BO if they can try this for a while.
    11-27-2012, 10:30 PM
How long can kick chains be left on? And how long till the horse learns to stop kicking with the chains?
    11-28-2012, 12:24 AM
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We have had the best results with an electric shock collar. We have not had anything else actually stop a horse from kicking and keep it from kicking. Anything else only works when it is put on a horse and as soon as you take chains or the horse shoes that some people put on a horse's pasterns off, the horse just starts kicking again. A shock collar works in a trailer too, in one trip.

Kicking stall walls and trailers can cripple a horse and has crippled many. Capped hocks are just the least of it. A time or two with a shock collar is very effective.

I have never seen a horse return to kicking that was shocked when it kicked. It has worked every time I have used it.
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    11-28-2012, 01:22 AM
A barn I used to work at had 68 stalls, so if anyone kicked it was really obnoxious (feeding grain alone took about 45 minutes, almost all had supplements or different grains), so the barn manager would scrape the pitchfork along the metal bars when they did it and it annoyed them enough to stop, usually.

If there is one that does this because of being impatient of food, it's actually better just to feed them first. They don't put two and two together that they won't get fed any sooner and they should stop. There was a Paint at the barn I used to board at that would go nuts at AM feeding so the barn worker just left his hay right in front of his stall and fed him first thing before the lights came on so he didn't hurt himself.

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