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post #1 of 10 Old 09-30-2012, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Stall issue..

so my boys have a few problems with the stalls two which have been in stalls rarely. and the other many many many times. we got the stalls up and i moved my moms horse when my QH was in the middle now QH is on the very end by the wall. moms horse then my big boy then feed stall.

so ill start with my least of a problem Flash likes his stall VERY much and will refuse to come out after oats, even if hes done and the stall is open unless the other two are out of the barn he will stay in. i have had to throw a halter on and pull him out and now use a whip to get him out. any way to get him to come out after eatting the other two will come out if i open their doors he will stay in even though hes the first done.

moms horse paws like crazy if im getting feed ready or messing with something in there. i have been having to go into the stall to get his bucket from the other side to put it under the window so i can walk by and dump it in which the other boys let me just fine. but he will paw like crazy! and he will always pee in his stall everyday he will pee. and the stall and arena are the same matirial.. any ways how to get him to stop pawing like a mad man!

and lastly my QH will push on his stall window and try to get out. he will rub against the walls (thats why he moved from the second in to the wall stall) and just tries to get out when i work with someone else in the arena or if hes done with food and doenst want hay. how to get him to stop pushing on the walls and window of the stall?
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-30-2012, 10:57 PM
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Feed the stall balker out somewhere else......sounds like they might need some turn out?
Is one of them a stud? The rubbing on the walls and windows sounds like something a stud would do when excited.....I don't know, perhaps you could rephrase your post a bit better?
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I'm hoping I can help you see it from the horse's point of view. He gets grain in his stall. If he leaves, how will he get grain something it seems he's particularly fond of. His stall represents a lot of security. As for the pawing, someone has inadvertently trained him to do this. He paws, someone hurries to bring his feed. This time when you feed, take his to his stall but don't enter it. Instead turn your back and slowly walk away. He may paw in a frantic fashion for a bit but just wait him out. In his confusion he'll quit. That's when you give him the feed. If he starts again before you can, walk away again. Spend the time now to fix it and advise others how to do it. He's likely using his shoulder to try to push the stall walls over - separation anxiety. If he's the only one in the barn, he's not with the security of the others and he doesn't want to be dinner. As for the peeing, a horse will pee when stress is relieved. Or if inside too long.
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I also found that geldings like to pee on shavings or straw, so it won't splash so much on the legs.
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I see it from a trainer's point of view.

I see a horse that thinks leading is optional. I see a horse would would have problems loading in a trailer if he did not particularly want to be in there. I see a horse that would parish in a barn fire because he would not trust or respect a person and a halter enough to lead out when asked.

I think you need to work on good leading skills for both him and you.
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he leads everywhere he just loves his stall too much Flash will lead anywhere and usually will go anywhere and when i started to feed in the stalls (when we finnished building them) he will stand near then and just stand in them he will go back in the stall after feeding and be in there until i go and get him he doesnt try to get out of his stall or pace, they are out 24/7, no one is a stud (the guy tring to push is 14 years old) hes fine with out others he likes it. the stalls are just sand.
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Do you still have biting insects? The barn is a good place to escape them. When at their worst, my horses go in about 9am and won't come out for 12 hrs. I wind up feeding them as that's too long for them to go without hay. And yes, that's when the most barn cleaning happens. Once the bugs are gone they don't go in the barn for 5 or 6 months.
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-02-2012, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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no, my other two cant wait to come out they have a flake of hay always in the stall so if one takes longer they can eat hay but he just stands in there wont eat the hay or anything. their water is outside so they have to go back out to get water. once hes out he will go drink and do what ever. he doesnt seem ot mind to come out when he does come out.
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When I first had my qh lunch was the pasture. He'd lived in a stall with good turnout but no pasture. He'd stand in the barn for hours waiting for me to bring his meals. He just didn't understand that he had to go out and get it. I'd take him out of the barn and stay with him and he'd remain out but would be back in the barn for breakfast. Took him a few weeks to adjust.
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well they lady that had him had him in stalls and he ate in there and im sure spent some time ohter then that in there also and over a year and a few months been feed out in the pasture. now hes back in the stall and likes it in there but will still eat outside just fine. hes fine eatting anywhere.
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