PJ was being a bit of a stinker today when I was making him do stuff he didn't like (which is most everything ). But twice when I stopped him, before we would get going, he would start pawing the ground. Is he mad?
Exactly as Tiny said..He is just bring impatient and letting you know he's not really happy about standing still..My gelding started doing it for whatever reason..while standing bring ridden, standing tied, and waiting on his feed..I had to quickly fix it and not allow it to get worse. If he did it when riding I would make an 'ah, no" noise sort of loudly, not screaming but enough to get his attention and "heel" him in the shoulder. He would stop and then start again..So, that was a slow process but eventually he stopped doing it while I was riding. Standing tied was a whole different ball game. I wasn't standing in reach of him at all times and he would paw..I yell the same "ah, NO!" And he would stop and give me this "oh crap" look..if he wouldn't stop pawing I would throw a brush or whatever small object was close (I don't reccommend this for every horse but it got his attention..and he's a spoiled brat) so he would get hit with a rock or something and yelled at..eventually I didn't have to throw things anymore and he knew if he heard "Ah NOOO!" He was in trouble and I got the "oh crap!" Look from him...pawing waiting on his feed still is a habit..I can't stop that for the life of me..yelling, throwing things, chasing him..nothing works.. he will just trot off and do it again with a smarta** look on his face and I can't just hear him saying "Ah ha! Now what woman?!"... So it's a habit you can break, it just takes time, patience, and getting creative to find what works for you..
Who knows why horses do anything funky..Maybe today he just wanted to get the show on the road, lol and duh mom you were just taking way too long..kidding..horses are strange, I would just watch it and not let it become a habit.
My mare has picked up the habit at shows.
If I am just standing around on her near the shoot she will paw, hard to....the first time she did it I joked she was digging for treasure....she even put her nose down at it and sniffed.
I reprimanded her and have not had much out of her since.