Originally Posted by jazzyrider
. how is it she is hurting herself? i didnt quite get what you meant when you explained it
I am really not sure how she is hurting herself. I know that she paws impatiently when I am getting her grain ready (even when I throw in the hay first). I don't really see her hitting the fence, but I am just assuming that she is doing it at other times during the day also. She has come out of her pen with dried blood on the front of her leg (fetlock height) - on both front legs. I cleaned, padded, and vet-wrapped the wounds until they were pretty much healed. When I removed the padding/wrap, a couple of days later she was bloody in the same spot again. It is almost as if she is hitting them against the fence or barn, and the skin is splitting because of the impact in the cold? I really don't know though...that is why I was curious if anyone has run into such a behavior??
She never did this before she was pregnant, but she gets really anxious now at feeding time. I have not seen her do it at other times, but I don't know when she is getting hurt.
I think I also stated somewhere above that when she is being ridden by the beginner rider who rides her lightly 2X/ week, she starts pawing /stomping with all feet trying to refuse to move. She will not do it with me, any other experienced rider, or when on a light trail ride - BUT the behavior seems to be related to her pregnancy. We thought it would be best to have her beginner rider ride another horse until after the foal, and only have experienced riders on her in the next couple of months. I want to keep getting her out until she fully drops (bareback) for light exercise to keep he better fit and hopefully keep her anxiety down. I have continued to let her young rider use her on short trail rides with me, so they continue to work together (she is her 4H project horse), but otherwise, they are doing a lot of ground work together.