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post #1 of 11 Old 05-25-2012, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Stop pawing

I have a 26 year old mare. She has pawed bad since I got her. She paws when im getting food ready, when she is tied, when im walking towards the hay loft, when she want to go out to the pasture. So she just paws all the time when she is not eating.

How do I get this to stop?

I have tryed. Everytime she does it cracking a whip, hitting her lightly with the whip. Letting her stand tied (she almost hung herself she dug so deep. And many more things.
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-25-2012, 12:37 PM
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Pop her on the neck when she does that, and tell her no (Say it like you mean it). If that doesn't help you need to get help from a trainer, Do not ever let her paw at you, because she will just think it's ok and she will hurt you, she needs to be dicaplined, if she does it to you
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Pop her on the neck when she does that, and tell her no (Say it like you mean it). If that doesn't help you need to get help from a trainer, Do not ever let her paw at you, because she will just think it's ok and she will hurt you, she needs to be dicaplined, if she does it to you
The problem is im to far away to pop her in the neck. She is to smart for that. She wont paw when im in range for a hard hit.
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Can you tie her up on cement? I've heard that when they paw in dirt, they sense an accomplishment because they dug a hole. Tie her up on solid ground and leave her be.
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Can you tie her up on cement? I've heard that when they paw in dirt, they sense an accomplishment because they dug a hole. Tie her up on solid ground and leave her be.
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she still paws and eats up the hoofs. She is a werid horse. I have even had her pawing outside a door and I would come out wide open and smack her butt while she was moving away.
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I was told by a trainer friend to put a length of chain on one foot...leaving it long enough to hit her other foot when she starts pawing. Said it works well but I have never tried it
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Throw a bruah os something at a wall by her or at her, if in range use your foot and kick her leg or use a whip and smak the foot that is being pawed with. Worked well with my mare.
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Can you find something to throw at her? Nothing heavy that would cause serious harm, but something that would be just enough to snap her out of her pawing. Or a squirt gun with cold water. Harmless, and yet it will be surprising enough that she will stop.
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Can you find something to throw at her? Nothing heavy that would cause serious harm, but something that would be just enough to snap her out of her pawing. Or a squirt gun with cold water. Harmless, and yet it will be surprising enough that she will stop.
don't work. I would throw stuff at her like small rocks. Brush, or anything the first 2 times she stopped and look at me and went back to pawing. Now she don't even stop.
The whip don't work. Even if you get her good with it in the leg or butt.
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-25-2012, 02:16 PM
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Your horse has distinguished that you are disciplining for pawing (why she does not do it when you are close enough to scold her), however she still feels the need to do so. So you need the pawing to correct itself, and you do that through correction during the pawing. You can either use a chain, a horse shoe, or kicking chains. All of these have perfect timing and do not effect the relationship between you and your horse.

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