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Join Date: Dec 2010
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Constant hay in a slow feeder might help if its absolutely necessary to stall him sometimes as well. I had a filly who, because she was a fence jumper, had to be stalled for about a month while I was finding her a new home, and she immediately started cribbing/windsucking. I found that giving her constant access to grass hay in a net kept her from doing it so much, but she still did it because she was stressed and didn't like being cooped up.
The best solution though is to just not stall your horse- but that doesn't change that he has behavioral issues NOW because of them. What does he do when he is acting buddy sour in the stall? Try to barge through you? Bite? Turn his butt to you? Spin? All of those are handling issues, not necessarily stall issues, and they should be addressed as such. He should always calm down and be quiet and attentive once you enter the stall and halter him, even if he doesn't like being stalled. Cribbing, weaving, windsucking, and pacing though- I'm afraid those really aren't going to go away without the stalling going away too.
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