08-11-2012, 05:32 PM
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Pacing and Pawing when tied 17 yo mare
Any tips or advice to help me prevent or stop my mare from pacing and pawing when tied. I have tried almost everything I know to do, having other horses tied near does not prevent her from doing it. Practicing being tied for short period hasnít helped, I was advised to briefly take her out once a day and tie her where we usually do for about 5 minutes then return her to the pasture and not make her do any work. I was told this would help her????? Haven't really seen improvement. We never leave her tied out for any unnecessary amount of time like I have heard about other people doing. From talking to other owners of this horse she has always done this, itís not something that has recently developed. So far this is as bad as this behavior has ever been, she never sits back or rears never breaks lead ropes, she just paces and she is a rather big girl. Generally its more pacing than pawing, usually she will paw once or twice and I can verbally reprimand her and she will stop but the pacing I have had little luck with. Usually itís more when you are not at her side, for example she doesnít really move a lot while grooming or saddling. I will attach a pic of her in the act and you can probably tell by the ground how much she paced in that spot the maybe 5 minutes she was there while I was catching my other horse. I have pictures and videos of more sever times she has paced but couldnít find them. I have a 8 yo daughter, as well as dogs and other horses this to me is a somewhat dangerous behavior that I would like to fix if possible.