Wall Kicking AHHH!!
I'm so furious! My mare knows wall kicking is absolutely against the rules! She will never do it when I'm with her. But I live in an apartment upstairs of the barn. She knows I can hear her when I'm upstairs.
When we first moved in I made the mistake of running downstairs at every little thump and bump to make sure they were OK and often tossing them a little more hay. Well that has stopped.
The biggest problem is I feed at different times, depending when I have to be up for work. Occasionally at 6, normally at 9, if I don't have work it may be a little later but I compromised with the horses and decided 9 is the latest I'll feed them.
I made my mare a hay net so that her hay will last about half the night before she runs out, so she'll be less anxious for it in the morning.
But yesterday I had to feed at 6, so today, sure enough at 6 Boom!! She starts her wall kicking. About 5-10 thumps for about 2 minutes, then she'll wait 5-10 minutes before starting again. She has done this until 9 when I fed her.
Is there any way to stop her? If I go downstairs she will not kick the wall, so I can't catch her in the act to yell at her. I don't want to resort to things like kick chains, they kind of horrify me. If there anything else I can do to stop this?