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post #11 of 18 Old 01-28-2011, 01:11 AM
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LOL I think this is the funniest thread I have seen yet. I am also guilty of the "what part of no didn't you understand" or "don't make me tell you again". Hahaha.. :o)) I have a gelding that pawed like a fool while tied until I got tired of it and tied him for an hour or so a couple of times a day for several days. He no longer paws, he stands quietly no matter how long he is tied now.

I used to have a mare that was a feeding freak too. No matter what sort of bucket I used she would throw the feed around. She was also one that would paw while she ate. The pawing never stopped but I ended up feeding her on a mat (4x8) and she never dug a hole but she always threw her feed. I would suggest having the horses teeth checked for a bad tooth.. that can sometimes cause them to be irritable during feeding.. sometimes not. ;o)

Good luck! If nothing else hire the little digger out as an earth mover!!
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post #12 of 18 Old 01-28-2011, 11:37 AM
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Frankly I ignore pawing, they can paw and fuss all they want while tied it just means they stay tied longer......it's one of the least distressing vices.

If he's pawing at his dish on the floor get a bucket and hang it. Make sure to put a bit of duct tape over the bent up part of the handle.

If they're getting anxious and pawing for their food then don't give it to them until they're standing quietly. Feeding a pawing horse just proves his/her point that pawing gets me food.

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I would suggest having the horses teeth checked for a bad tooth.. that can sometimes cause them to be irritable during feeding..
Good suggestion!
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post #13 of 18 Old 01-28-2011, 11:38 AM
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LOL too funny
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post #14 of 18 Old 01-28-2011, 02:27 PM
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my gelding cochise was bad for pawing, especially when it was time to eat..no patience whatsoever...anyway put a rubber mat down in his stall to keep him from pawing a hole to china...also for a time i would stand next to him and everytime he put his hoof up to paw (because he would do it while eating too), Id put my foot behind his and say nope(and make some silly noises:)...that started helping(especially while he was eating, and only took a few times)...but we also came to a mutually beneficial arrangement that if he didnt paw waiting for his feed..he got fed first..and he kind of figured that out quick. I just make the noises I made when I would put my foot behind his...and when he would stop Id feed him...and that started him getting fed first. Now he rarely does it( and if he does he gets fed last). Horses are smarter than you give them credit for..I know he understands exactly what Im doing. Honestly it wouldnt have bothered me at all except its one of the reasons I initially had to put front shoes on him...he was tearing up his hooves with all the pawing he did. Shoes helped a bit too for some reason.
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post #15 of 18 Old 01-28-2011, 03:14 PM
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Ok...newb question but...Why is pawing so bad? does it hurt the horse? lead to something else? or just annoying?.
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post #16 of 18 Old 01-28-2011, 03:53 PM
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Cloud - Pawing is just an extremely annoying habit. The only way I suppose it could hurt a horse is if they were tied in the trailer and pawed a hoof into the hay net (for those that use hay nets) or something, so no, it doesn't really hurt them directly or lead to something else. Its impatience, rude and generally annoying.
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post #17 of 18 Old 01-28-2011, 04:36 PM
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cloud IM is right it is mostly just annoying but could have potential problems like getting caught in a hay net or like hhadavis said her horse was wearing down his feet so she had to put shoes on them, they can also waste their grain by pawing the bucket hard enough to fling it. It is considered rude and impatient but mostly just annoying.

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post #18 of 18 Old 01-28-2011, 07:49 PM
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What works for me is say "no" or "hey" or something like that, loud and throw a cookie or something at them, they find the cookie when they stop pawing and get rewarded! and eventually they will respond to just the "no" part.
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