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    01-05-2013, 05:54 PM
I took care of a paint gelding who did it so intensely everytime he ate, he would wear the toe of his shoe out and it would split. Never could break him of it. And he loved to throw his feed around too. My paint mare does it too on occasion, not so bad since she moved to our farm. Its really a harmless habit unless on concrete or something solid like that. They just love their feed!!
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    01-05-2013, 05:55 PM
Thank y'all for the input. Looks like I'll be trying the tire. Hopefully that will do the trick.

Maybe I should try playing soccer with her
    01-05-2013, 09:06 PM
All the geldings that I have owned have always done this. My mares don't though? Anyways, its perfectly normal :)
    01-06-2013, 12:50 AM
Good to know. I have never experienced it, so it was new to me. At least she's not the only one doing it ;)
    01-06-2013, 03:24 AM
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A horse pawing before it gets its feed is usually impatient, a door banger and demanding attention.

A horse pawing whilst eating is usually lower in the pecking order and it is a minor warning that it is not going to let another have their grub!

It is not an uncommon thing at all.
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    01-06-2013, 11:47 AM
My Arab ALWAYS paws while he's eating =] It's not "begging" because he will never do it any other time, just while he's eating. He's 13 and he's always done it; totally normal.
    01-06-2013, 12:00 PM
My QH gelding does it sometimes too. I don't know why lol. Sometime he will just hold his leg up for a few seconds, then paw paw paw, then hold it up lol. He's at the bottom of the pecking order too. I wonder if that has something to do with it.. His way of feeling like a big bad boy at that moment while he is eating by himself in the stall
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    01-06-2013, 02:51 PM
She is the low one on the totem pole. Has always been so far. Don't know if that will change once she realizes she has grown A LOT and is actually the tallest one around now... I guess I'll leave her alone as long as she keeps her bucket upright and not get a sand colic.
    01-06-2013, 06:25 PM
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I assume this behavior is more "ingrained" but have you tried feeding her in a non threatening place? Alone and far away from the other, this way she doesn't feel threatened.
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    01-07-2013, 11:50 AM
She is in her own stall when eating. The last place she wasn't, but the new place both my horses are brought into individual pens for feeding grain. I understand your argument, but the odd thing is, I never noticed her doing it at the old place. Maybe she just is like Equinelyn's QH :)

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