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post #1 of 24 Old 06-30-2008, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Pawing?!?!!?!

Okay I was just at my barn and my horse paws and paws and paws! She has hit me twice when she's doing it! I can't get her to stop. Every time she does it I push her weight on that foot but then she does it with the other foot. I flipped out and lost it! I need help on how to control this because I lost it today at the barn.
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post #2 of 24 Old 06-30-2008, 06:01 PM
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Pawing

Does this horse paw AT you, like a strike, or does she do it at the hitching post all the time, no matter if you are there or not? If she is pawing and pawing and not stopping while tied, then let her stand tied to a tree....battling the branches will take her mind off of it. Time will also be a factor, too.

If she is doing it at you, then take a short crop and give her a short, sharp tap to let her know to KNOCK IT OFF! Its dangerous if they do that, especially if you are right there and trying to pick out there feet. My one gelding is just getting over that. He had had feet issues though, so I always kept that in mind. Is she bored, or has she not had the training? How old is she? Hope this might help. Belive me, I have lost it too before, and in the long run it doesnt pay haha but don't give up.

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post #3 of 24 Old 06-30-2008, 11:02 PM
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SMACK HER in the chest and say "NO". I can't stand that.
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post #4 of 24 Old 07-01-2008, 06:11 AM
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Walk away! As soon as she does it, walk away!! I always find it's attention seeking, and if you shout and smack her, then she has got your attention!! My mare does it if she gets stroppy, and as soon as she does it, I walk away. Then when she stops doing it, I go back to her and praise her!

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Walk away! As soon as she does it, walk away!! I always find it's attention seeking, and if you shout and smack her, then she has got your attention!! My mare does it if she gets stroppy, and as soon as she does it, I walk away. Then when she stops doing it, I go back to her and praise her!
She's pawing because she doesnt want to stand still. SMACK her chest and tell her NO! This takes forever to fix but it needs to be fixed. Don't let he do it.
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when boo does that, he wants his belly scratched. He gets into this glazed over, not paying attention mode. So I do the "dog wisperer" thing and just lightly poke him and say "hey". Snaps him right out of it. 8)

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I have a Stallion that paws but he has always done it for a reason. Ie: He paws when his water bucket needs a filling or when he wants out of his pen to go eat grass in the pasture.
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Walk away! As soon as she does it, walk away!! I always find it's attention seeking, and if you shout and smack her, then she has got your attention!! My mare does it if she gets stroppy, and as soon as she does it, I walk away. Then when she stops doing it, I go back to her and praise her!
She's pawing because she doesnt want to stand still. SMACK her chest and tell her NO! This takes forever to fix but it needs to be fixed. Don't let he do it.
Pawing can be due to lots of reasons, boredom, frustration, having a 'tantrum'. I agree it has to be fixed, but smacking imo isn't the answer. If you walk away as soon as she does it, she will learn that it doesn't get her anywhere, and then as soon as she stops, you praise her!

Hope this helps x

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post #9 of 24 Old 07-01-2008, 12:29 PM
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They make an electronic vice breaker sort of like a shock collar for a dog that sends an elect. Shock when they paw. Not something I would use but just wanted to let you know there is such a thing out there.
I have seen a block of wood or heavy chain attached to a single hobble above the knee so it smacks the leg whenever they paw. Something else to consider.
I usually just give them a tap as soon as the knee comes up. One of my 2 year olds used to do it whenever I tried to clean her front hooves. Now when I clean her front feet I hold the foot till she relaxes and very firmly place her foot on the ground rather than just letting go of the foot. That helped her. Just in general whenever she does it one or two taps usually stops it.
Its a pretty bad habit and can do damage to the hoof and leg. Best to stop it sooner than later.


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I always find it's attention seeking, and if you shout and smack her, then she has got your attention!!
She's pawing because she doesnt want to stand still. SMACK her chest and tell her NO! This takes forever to fix but it needs to be fixed. Don't let he do it.
Pawing can be due to lots of reasons, boredom, frustration, having a 'tantrum'. I agree it has to be fixed, but smacking imo isn't the answer. If you walk away as soon as she does it, she will learn that it doesn't get her anywhere, and then as soon as she stops, you praise her!

Hope this helps x
Walking away won't help if the issue isn't attention (even then I have my doubts). But anyway, I don't think it is, because Juno21 is standing right there when she does it. I agree with Vidalco. That's what I do to. I say, "No" and tap the top of her leg. My girl is young and not well-trained so I might have to do it several times in the course of 15 minutes, but it is getting better. Plus, if Juno's horse is not respecting Juno's space. That is not acceptable.
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