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post #1 of 16 Old 03-22-2009, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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stopping pawing?

So my arabian mare is pretty good when brushing/grooming her. The only thing she lacks is patients. Im currently training her in the round pen. Doing join up regularly and getting her working. Put a saddle on her back and had her walk around every so often with my weight on her back but i havent personally ridden her yet. She still needs some work. But anyways when grooming her she tends to paw the ground when she has had enough. Its very anoying and ive put it down to not having enough patients. But my younster i used to have used to do this aswell. Jaxx my mare is 5 years old. I have done all sorts like telling her now. Putting pressure on her leg when she is pawing and pushing it back down. Walking away and leaving her on her own for a bit so she see's that she doesnt get attention, but nothing seems to work. Im wondering if any one has any good ideas/training tips to stop her from doing this. My only worry is that if someone stands in front of her at the wrong time then they will get kicked. Although she doesnt kick and if someone stands by her head she doesnt do it as much. She isnt trying to harm any one she is just being a yougster. But still its annoying and rude.

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post #2 of 16 Old 03-22-2009, 11:05 PM
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I personally wouldn't recommend this, and I have never done this before, but someone up the road from me has work horses and he said that he tied just a small looked like kenneling on his horses leg (personally didn't see it, like I said I wouldn't do it.) and when it went to paw is surprised the horse and it would keep its leg down, stopped pawing, after a few times. I would think the horse would be smart enough though to figure out when that is on him/her that it wouldn't do it just when the small stick was tied to the leg I don't know about that one though...

...hmm maybe another way is when that horse paws, start hustling her, making her yield to you and back up, and turn around, but not easy to her, just hustling her, do it every time she starts to paw that very moment, that way she associates pawing with working, and when you really do it, do it for a while, don't just back her up and say there! Try that! :)

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post #3 of 16 Old 03-22-2009, 11:21 PM
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A modified shoe around the cannon bone that would only flop when she paws was recommended by a local vet to me.
Personally, I hobble break mine, and if they do it while tied, I just loose the rope (they think they are tied, but aren't) and hobble the front feet (after they are taught what they are and how to respond!!!)
Many times, though, young horses tend to grow out of it, but if it's AT you, a smack on the shoulder or offending leg EACH time it happens should discourage it. Pawing is dangerous when you are next to the horse!!!
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post #4 of 16 Old 03-22-2009, 11:30 PM
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Ok, sorry, I haven't figured out how to edit my post yet, maybe you can't?? Anyway, I did a bit of looking around and you can't really stop the behavior till you figure out why the horse is doing it, you have to know why in order to address the issue. Most of the time horses are worried, tense, or anxious. Another reason could be pain. Here is a site that I found with some information, sorry about the first post!
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post #5 of 16 Old 03-23-2009, 12:20 AM
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I have actually used the teqnique described above without the buddy and the hay, I would find a good firm post planted in the ground around a hard surrounding, tie the horse up and leave it for a couple hours, Pawing on the hard ground usually stopped as it would hurt the foot after a few paws, then if the pawing would later continue it would be back to the post again and after a time or two of that they have always stopped the pawing and didn't do it anymore, The above teqnique would seem to be a little less painful on the feet and I would guess be just as effecient, but I haven't had any problems with pawing on any of my horses for a long time and am just a old time ranch cowboy that wasn't aware of the natural horsemanship teqniques of new, which in my opiinion work very well with less pain on horse and rider. LOL
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I used to know a horse that pawed and the only time he'd do it was when he was anxious. So I started teaching him that there was nothing to be anxious about and that ended up working pretty well. He was one of those horses that needed a bond with one person and if they didn't they were lost so I became his best friend and did everything with him. Eventually he'd only paw if there was a mare in heat around (he was evidently gelded really late) or if all the horses were going for a ride and he wasn't. I'd just ignore him if I could tell he was pawing becuase he was freaking out but if he was just pawing becuase he needed reassurance, I'd give him reassurance. Another horse pawed when he was bored so I'd pick up a little pebble and chuck it onto the ground right underneath his belly. I made sure never to hit him, just the ground, and after a few repetitions he figured out that pawing = weird things going on underneath him and he stopped. Good luck!
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i have a horse that used to paw and the way we stopped it was i took a stick or whip, eaither one, and when they brought their hoof up to paw, i wacked their knee, jst enough to make it sting a little, not accualy hurt her... she stopped and now like never dose it.
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my colt paws only when he eats I've been working with him on it, I use a whip to tap him on the pawing leg only once did he get defiant and strike out needless to say he got a little harder whack with the whip. Now I've got him down to verbal corrections sometimes it's funny he will hold his leg in midair wanting to paw so bad knowing he will get in trouble for it till he gets tired of standing on 3 legs and will slowing put it back down

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post #9 of 16 Old 03-24-2009, 12:29 PM
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My three year old used to paw all the time... he wasn't anxious or anything, just lacked patience... I really got onto him for it, but I'll never fully stop his pawing, because it's bred into him (his sires line). Now he only paws when he wants to go when under saddle or when he gets extremely impatient and when he's eating.

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post #10 of 16 Old 03-24-2009, 01:48 PM
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I tried leaving my gelding tied up to help him with his "patience". I also will slap him on the leg that is pawing if I'm right there. I can also make him stop but verbal commande however, now he paws only when I'm not around. Not really sure how to correct this.

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