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  • Pregnant mare pawing
  • Should I smack my yearling for pawing at meal time

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    12-24-2007, 02:54 PM

My genius pregnant mare is getting anxious at feeding time and pawing so hard in the cold against her fence that she is busting open her skin and bleeding (not bad, but still bleeding). I have cleaned, padded, and vet wrapped that area. Anything else I should consider doing? Should I leave it padded and wrapped even after healed?
She may be doing it at other times too.
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    12-24-2007, 03:56 PM
Yeah I would still keep it wraped. Is she bored?
    12-24-2007, 04:32 PM
Maybe bored? It is winter - she gets out a couple of times a week. She has just been really anxious at feeding time since she was about 4 months in foal. She really gets worked up about wanting to eat.
    12-24-2007, 04:46 PM
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When I check my horse doing that I stop and I say NO BUCK! And he stops doing it.
    12-24-2007, 04:47 PM
Yeah sounds like this one mare I used to ride named Poise. Right before she had Gracie she would get really anxious about eating and whenever someone would go in and out of the barn.
    12-24-2007, 09:04 PM
It definitely seems to be related to being pregnant as she did not do this before a couple of months ago. She is now 8 months along and has been doing this for a couple of months.

She has also continued to be ridden lightly, but has begun stomping her feet and getting stubborn with the young girl who rides her. She does not do it with me, or the young lady when trail riding, but riding around the yard and horses, our mare turns into quite the spoiled princess. I know it is a bad behavior, but it is really cute and I feel she must be given some slack as she is pregnant :)
    12-25-2007, 04:43 AM
The best way to stop the pawing at feeding time is to not feed her until she stop pawing. Otherwise you are rewarding her for pawing. If she is doing it at other times it may be just anxiety from the preganancy or pent up energy from not having as much activity because of winter.
I saw a picture in an old Jesse Beery ad. He attached what looked like a wooden block just above the knee so everytime the horse raised its leg to paw it would get smacked by the block. Don't know if it would work or not but it looked interesting.
    12-26-2007, 10:42 PM
My yearling star does that too when I feed her grain, and now cory is doing that he never did that before something he picked up from her I guess sometimes they get there leg into the buckets hanging on gate, they are on the very bottom they will quit when I tell them to just eat.
    12-26-2007, 10:43 PM
Oh yeah they do this after they have started eating
    12-26-2007, 11:05 PM
My mare does this too and it all seems to come down to impatience. She is at her worst when im mixing up feeds and ill be buggered if I can figure out how to stop her. I've tried every trick in the book and I have just figured that she is an impatient little so and so and I leave her be. I suppose id rather her paw than start chasing the other horses around with her ears pinned back like my wb does when he is waiting for dinner. How is it she is hurting herself? I didnt quite get what you meant when you explained it

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