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post #1 of 8 Old 08-31-2007, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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violently kicks in stall

Please help! We have a 6 stall barn, with center aisle, 3 mares, 3 geldings. Our 7 yr old gelding (MASON) started violently kicking in his stall, usually the same wall and door area. He only kicks early morning hrs, never after they are put in at night, fed and "lights out" He only started this when the 2nd 9 yr old mare arrived. (The other mare is 20 yrs old and here before Mason) Our third 7yr old mare just arrived last week, and Mason has started again with the violent kicking. He throws up his tail, squeals, and kicks! So hard today he kicked out his door. Seems like it's the new mare arrivals, yet they are in the pasture all day long together, with not a problem, ride together, trailer together, etc. I've tried to give as much info .. any suggestions? Any thoughts on why he is doing this and how to STOP it??? Thank you
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-31-2007, 07:21 PM
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you might want to change him to a corner stall with the older mare beside him and see how that goes...also was mason gelded at a later age????...do you have half doors? Or sliding full doors?

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post #3 of 8 Old 08-31-2007, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you Kansas_Twister for your suggestion... he already is in a corner stall, next to the oldest gelding (28) and then the old mare on the other corner. We have 1/2 doors on the inside, and full split outside doors. Tonight we are trying to leave Mason out with pasture access and stall access also. Hopefully this will give him access to all horses from the outside. Will keep you updated after tomorrow morning!
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-31-2007, 09:36 PM
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A kicking-chain might be a good idea. You might not be able to control the emotion he has - but you can control the action. A kicking chain (like this one: http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-0403) is a good investment in this type of situation (for roughly $30). The kicking chain attaches to the hing pastern, and prevents the horse from striking out (at the wall, door, etc.)

They are very safe, very humane, and effective. I've seen them used several times, and within a week, sometimes the chain is no longer needed. The message has gotten across to the horse that he can't kick, and that's that.

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post #5 of 8 Old 10-26-2009, 04:17 PM
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You should look up www.quitkickusa.com they are selling a new product that stops horses kicking their stall doors. A friend of mine met the guys who run it at a show. Sounds like a good idea.
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I would put him by the horse he never used to kick at. See how that works. It might just be that he doesn't like being in for that long period of time and he's ready to be out. I definitely think you should try leaving the door open so he has access to his stall if he wants it.
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-26-2009, 07:47 PM
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My mare was a violent kicker. I A) put a stall mat up on the side of her stall and it made her really mad that she couldn't kick through and she quit for a while and B) put her on hormones. But... you said he was a gelding so... haha.

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post #8 of 8 Old 10-26-2009, 08:50 PM
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You should look up www.quitkickusa.com they are selling a new product that stops horses kicking their stall doors. A friend of mine met the guys who run it at a show. Sounds like a good idea.
Wow! That is SO cool!

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