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post #1 of 6 Old 12-10-2011, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Stressing out!

My yearling has a major stress in his stable while I go out of the yard on a hack or to the school. He has a window which he can poke his head out and his stable door can see down to the edge of the school. He hasn't hurt himself and does calm down sometimes but he makes his stable as mess by the time I come back. I put his treat ball in to keep him amused, he has a full haynet and a jollyball to keep him happy. Is there anything I can do or just let him stress and keep clearing up his mess.

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post #2 of 6 Old 12-10-2011, 05:09 PM
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My horse used to do that too. I was told to just leave him. If you come back to calm him down he knows that's all he has to do to make you come back. As long as he isn't harming himself, he should be fine.

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post #3 of 6 Old 12-10-2011, 05:34 PM
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Is there any reason he can't be turned out? That could be the cause. All horses enjoy being outside, they don't like being cooped up their stall.
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-10-2011, 09:20 PM
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I assume you are taking his buddy out to ride? He is just 'herd bound' to the other horse. The best thing you could do would be to tie him out somewhere to a safe place and let him get over it. That way, he would not be tearing up his stall.

If you turn him out, he will just run the fence screaming and may try to jump out to join his friend or even crash the fence. Tying him would be a better option and would also teach stable manners and teach him how to be independent from his 'herd mates'.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-11-2011, 08:34 AM
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If he is safest in his stall then that is where he should be. He's young and needs the security of another horse. In the herd, a youngster that is misbehaving will be driven to the outside where he knows predators are lurking. His mother will keep a close eye while he begs to return to the security within the herd. This colt is feeling he is vulnerable to predators. We know he's safe but to him he's in a trap. It might be worth your while to teach him to pony and take him with you until he's a little older. If you hack where traffic isn't an issue you could likely remove the lead rope and let him loose. He won't go far and will get plenty of exercise.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-11-2011, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I take his buddy away but he does it when I go away from him on a different horse that he doesnt know. I agree with cherie he would do his nut in if I turned him out. He isn't hurting himself in his stable so I would rather keep him there then tying him up.
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