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    11-28-2012, 10:12 AM
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How long can kick chains be left on? And how long till the horse learns to stop kicking with the chains?
ive had some who learn after a few weeks of always having them on.. and others that had to wear them whenever stalled. They don't hurt them unless they kick than they smack them.

I've never used the Electric shock collar but I bet that would work pretty well too. I had thought of using my dog one on the horse that would slam into the gate outside when it saw you coming but never did :) going to have to get a horse one now!
     
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    11-28-2012, 10:21 AM
  #12
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I would say that the shock collar would have a better mental impact than the chains which are just a physical restraint - you leave them off they start doing it again. We tried hobbles to try to stop a mare that repeatedly paws and hits the door with her knees & legs at feed time, as soon as we took them off she started doing it again so I gave her a good sharp slap with a short whip a few times and that was enough to convince her it was a bad idea - you can't really do that with one that's hind leg kicking so the collar would have the same effect
What about tying him up out of reach of any walls and leading him to his feed?
     
    11-28-2012, 10:30 AM
  #13
Showing
I've not had a stall kicker in many years. The last was one of my show mares as a teen. She would try and take a barn down if she wasn't fed first. She wore kicking chains when stalled.

Cherie - my sister's old gelding has recently moved back here and is a pita at feeding time. He doesn't kick but at feeding time he grabs the wire panel in the stall door and pulls back and releases it like a rubber band. Noisy, annoying and no doubt will jack up his teeth. Think a shock collar would fix him? I have a dogtra set for the hunting dogs that I could add some length to one of the collars if it would work.
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    11-28-2012, 10:58 AM
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All I have ever used is husband's Tri-tronic dog collar on the highest setting. Two dog collars buckled together make a perfect horse collar. I just put it around a horse's neck.

If your timing is good and you stay out of sight or at least out of mind, the horse blames the behavior and not you. This is the perfect solution to vices that can injure horses or people.

I have stopped cribbers that were just starting to crib. I have not had it work on long-time old cribbers. It has worked on every other vice I have tried it on. I have not seen a down-side or a problem. As a matter of fact, there has never been a problem that I have found using one and it is far better than anything else that stops a vice.
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    11-28-2012, 11:03 AM
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Showing
Thanks! I can stay in my feed room, he is the first stall so I can hear really easily when he grabs it. As long as my sister is okay with it, he will be wearing a collar tonight when he comes in!
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