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post #11 of 16 Old 10-15-2012, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Evil- I know you're so right, my ponies wouldn't dare kick a wall with me around, one good scare was all it took to fix that. The trouble is when I'm upstairs. I don't want to not feed them when it actually is time, if they're being rude. I've tried ignoring them and waiting them out but they just keep going.

Notice how I switched to "they" instead of "she". So last night I didn't have time to make her a new hay net, because I had work allllll day. But I shut her top door as usual at bed time in an attempt to limit her door kicking, and I saw my adorable little pony stick his head over his door, which I thought was too tall for him to do as well as he did. So I decided just to try and shut his top door too. Sure enough, there was no noise this morning! It was my stinkin' pony all along, I think. Either way I'll be making her a smaller hay net today, and keeping the pony's door shut and see how that goes. Thanks everyone you all rock ^^
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post #12 of 16 Old 10-15-2012, 09:36 AM
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If you have the money to spend you could buy the thing that squirts them with water when they kick.
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Dance - I thought of that, but no I'm broke xD I'm hoping that just keeping the pony's door shut and getting him a hay net and her a smaller one will help.
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post #14 of 16 Old 10-16-2012, 08:39 AM
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Ahh, you trained her to kick by running and throwing hay whenever she banged. Let's do this in reverse. When she's banging, anticipating feed, walk toward her stall but don't enter it. The banging may get worse. Turn your back to her and slowly start walking away. Under no circumstances does she get the feed until she quits. They get tired so it should stop within about 5 min. Only when she's standing quietly does she get her feed. If she starts again as you approach, walk away again. Take the time to fix it now. When you walk away with the feed, stand with your back to her (or sit) and wait out the banging. Don't do other things. Small mesh hay nets are great. They do make the horse nibble rather than bolt down a mouthful. It should make the same amount of hay last almost twice as long and because it goes in slower, there is better digestion.
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post #15 of 16 Old 10-16-2012, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Saddle, so I found out it is definitely my pony not my mare, it could be both of them, but he's a big part of it. And they don't do it if I'm anywhere near them. Even if I stand at the top of the stairs they know I'm there and are quiet, no longer how long I stand there. So they'll kick and kick while I'm upstairs, but when I get close they stop.
Yesterday my pony's top door was closed and it was quiet all morning, I closed it again last night, but it doesn't have a clip it just wedges shut, he must have popped it open cause it was open this morning with thumping starting at 8 -.- So I went down, yelled at them both and closed his door and didn't feed them.
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post #16 of 16 Old 10-16-2012, 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by PunksTank View Post
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?
But they do work....I've had to use them before on my gelding. He had them on whenever he was in his stall. They are nothing to be afraid of.
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