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post #1 of 5 Old 01-29-2009, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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ugh. what to do?

So Chloe's neighbor fractured her leg and is on stall rest. This horse kicks and paws at the stall wall with her front leg. Unfortunately, this horse has taught Chloe to do it. Not only is it annoying, but I'm afraid Chloe will hurt herself doing it.
There is no way to avoid them being neighbors. Chloe's neighbor is in her stall 24/7. Chloe is out during the day, but she's in her stall at night.

So my question:
How do I get Chloe to stop kicking at the stall wall with her front legs?
I have two solutions in mind:
1. Yell at her when she does it.
2. Ignore her. She kicks to get her breakfast/dinner or to get attention. I figure if i ignore her she'll find out kicking doesn't get her anything.

What do you think? Should I go with one of my suggestions? Or do you have a solution in mind that you think will work/ has worked?
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-29-2009, 05:25 PM
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My gelding paws the ground or whatever is in front of him when he is annoyed and what I have been doing is yelling Stop but doing it quickly and sharply and it seems to be working. He stops right away and looks at me as if he is sorry :) But depending on your horse this may not work. I've tried ignoreing him but he would just keep going till I would tell him to stop. Another thing I do is pop him on the leg but that probably wouldn't work very well if she is in a stall.
I don't know if this is helpful but it works with my gelding.
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-29-2009, 05:35 PM
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My app gelding picked up the lovely habit of stall kicking thanks to his neighbor at the old barn.

He only does it once or twice (when i'm around) and it usually just at feeding time.

I dont say or do anything, I just ignore it.

My qh gelding will paw the ground when he's in cross ties and I'm taking to long. I just growl at him and smack his shoulder and he'll stop.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-29-2009, 05:36 PM
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my filly paws the horse trailer tires i yell at her and she stops but soon as i leave she does it again and stops soon as she sees me. i think they do it bc they're bored or something.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-30-2009, 06:22 AM
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You answered your own question I think. Sounds like she's doing it because she wants her feed & you are reinforcing the behaviour by giving it to her. If you stop reinforcing the behaviour & instead teach & reinforce the opposite - standing quietly, that is what then works for her so that is what she'll start to do.
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