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post #1 of 5 Old 06-14-2009, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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very impatient! (long)

well usually my horse is SUPER lazy and just sits there for everything and u have to encourage him a lot, but recently he is really really impatient. if i leave him in the cross ties for a milli second he starts pawing like crazy, and yesterday whenever i was feeling around on his back ( this takes less than two min) he started pawing and walking up and down! he will not hold still for anything! i would think it would b the opposite considering the heat, and im glad to see him uppity but sometimes its annoying. i also took him in the roundpen for the first time and went to play with him (we r both pretty impatient so this did not work very well) and he was incredibly bored...if i started running around he gave me this look that said "if u expect me to follow u youre nuts" afterwards i took him to the wash rackb/c we were both really hot and he started the whole walk back and forth thing again! its like he doesnt want to hold still and this is definitely not like him. personally i think he just needs something very exciting to happen which is good b/c we r going to go on our first trail ride soon. there r also days where i like to just go out and relax and im not sure wut to do w/ him! if u guys have any ideas on how to keep him interested and wut i can do w/ him to relax plz share! thx! :)

*dont no if this was the right place to put this post but oh well-i also dont no wut kind of response im expecting but any input is greatly appreciated! :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-14-2009, 12:36 PM
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He might just be bored and is wanting to move his feet. And since he can't move his feet, he shows a displaced behavior by pawing. A simple way to correct this is to ask him to back up each time he gets antsy. Then stop and go about your business. If he's antsy, back him up some, etc. Another thing you could do is work with him before you try to groom him or do something that involves him being tied. That way he has an outlit for the energy he has before you ask him to stand still.

You should make sure that it's not anxiety and lack of confidence. Is something worrying him? Did he have a recent bad experience? Those kinds of things.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-14-2009, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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well he doesnt seem to be worried...i watch him closely and he doesnt seem to b bothered by anything. personally i think u r right about him being antsy-ill b sure to pay closer attention next time i go out. thx! :)
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-14-2009, 07:15 PM
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I have a large draft like Quarter horse that is a bit on the "not want to move to fast side" he started those sort of antics and it sorta escaladed to worse behavior. Snapped the cross ties in half and swung a kick at my trianer in the round pen. This was all unusual as he was a pretty laid back drive a truck under him type of horse. In hindsight I think he was in pain and maybe slightly sad. He wore shoes at the time and stalled at night - his feet are not cut out for shoes. I switched to barefeet and 24/7 turnout and got a new horse as I was going to sell him as he became a little dangerous well he and the new horse became best buds and now he is bombproof and kind and laid back. I love him and it makes me shudder that I almost sold him. So sorry about the long story but make sure that he is as happy as he could be as a horse when he is not with you.
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will do :)
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