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    02-26-2008, 03:10 PM

Can't they have a miracle collar like they have for cribbing that works for an annoying habit like weaving.

I bought my horse knowing he weaved, but didn't plan on putting him in a stall at all, so I didn't think it was a big problem. Well he does it occasionally in his pasture, mainly when he knows people are at the stables, but not giving him attention....so yes his weaving is attention based...human attention, we've tried putting another horse in with him and he still did it.

OTHER than the Vice Breaker (which is WAY to expensive for me at the moment) what are ways that I can teach my horse, Sonny, not to weave? Each time I see him weaving, I yell at him; grab the lunge whip and make him canter around the arena. All is good when I'm there and I'm able to make him work...but he does it alot in his pasture...now usually I can growl at him and he'll trot off, but the ground is occasionally icey and his pasture is on a slight incline....so I don't want to make him go fast in his pasture and have a chance of him falling.

Anyone ever dealt with a weaving horse? Anyway to correct this habit?
No I don't know how it started, since I bought him like that. When no one is there, he usually doesn't do it, but he does if he senses there's someone there.
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    02-26-2008, 04:53 PM
I've never had a problem with weaving but if your horse is weaving for attention, I don't think growling will help, it may only make him weave more since he's not getting the attention he's trying to get, maybe if you ignored him all together when he weaved and only pet/looked to him when he wasn't weaving he may stop. That way he may learn that if he doesn't weave, he gets attention, and when he weaves, he DOESN'T get attention? I honestly have no idea, this one is hard, I've never heard of a horse weaving in their pasture.
    02-26-2008, 07:21 PM
If he's fine when you work him, why do you care if he does it when he's alone? Maybe you should just leave it alone.
    02-26-2008, 07:23 PM
Originally Posted by Spirithorse
If he's fine when you work him, why do you care if he does it when he's alone? Maybe you should just leave it alone.
I care because weaving, if done alot, can cause joint damage, uneven hoof weave and other leg problems.
    02-26-2008, 11:39 PM
I believe weaving is due to mental stress. It's displaced behavior and the horse is trying to cope. So unless the stress is eliminated I'm not sure if you can stop it (since he is out in the pasture). You usually see horses weaving in stalls because they dont' get enough turn out and/or enough socialization with other horses.
    02-26-2008, 11:55 PM
Originally Posted by Spirithorse
I believe weaving is due to mental stress. It's displaced behavior and the horse is trying to cope. So unless the stress is eliminated I'm not sure if you can stop it (since he is out in the pasture). You usually see horses weaving in stalls because they dont' get enough turn out and/or enough socialization with other horses.
it's not a problem with socialization with other horses. We've put another horse in his pasture with him, and he still does it. I'm thinking of putting a camera up in his pasture that I can see if he does it all the time, or just when he senses people are around.

He doesn't seem to be stressed out at all. The stables is the least stressful place to me. He has his own large pasture, nice big run-in-shed....view of his two "girlfriends" and other stuff.
If he was stressed out I think he'd be it all the time in his pasture and not when he senses people around and such.
When I walk down to his pasture he always runs over to the gate, sticks his head out above the gate, and neighs. To me that isn't the thing a stressed horse would do....but maybe i'm wrong.

He's pasture boarded...the only time he's inside is if there's a really bad snow storm (even then I'd perfer him outside, but the BO likes to put them all in). In a stall he's usually fine after about 5ish minutes.

I try to ignore him each time he does it, but I don't want to make it worse than what it is already.
    02-27-2008, 09:30 AM
Green Broke
I have worked with a horse who was cronic weaver. It go to the point where we would put him out to pasture, he would walk up to the fence and just stand there and weave. It was a barbwire fence, needless to say he had to be put down because he wouldn't stop and he was slicing his chest open and rubbing it away. I don't think there is any fix to weaving. I haven't heard of any.
    02-27-2008, 12:20 PM
My Tb is a weaver and a head bobber. I have never seen her do it in the pasture less she is nervous.

I know she has been beaten in a stall just by the way she acts. She weaves does the head up and down and wiggles. The harder I tried to stop it the worse it got. Its how she deals with things, weather she appears stressed or not its like biting ur nails its a habit.

I did buy vita calm for the STB and tried it with Willow and she has calmed some but not a cure. It also helps I give her extra attention and keep her busy. We go on tons of walks little work in the pasture and we wrestle... yes we do LOL.

I would not look for a complete stop because your going to be disappointed, I would look to see if he has vitamin defincianceys and find things to entertain him, switch paddocks if possible, put balls out hide carrots and let him find them in the hay.

Also ask your vet if he has any suggestion, but yelling is only going to add to the problem and break any bond you have with him. Would you like to have a copying skill and have someone nag at you constantly? Not being mean but that's how I perceive they see it.
    02-27-2008, 01:28 PM
He does stop when I yell at him...and it doesn't seem to affect the way we are bonded. He will stop, raise his head up and look at my funny...then after maybe 10 minutes he'll do it again when he thinks I'm not looking.

I'm not expecting it to just stop, I know that's really impossible...but I'd like to be able to have him in a pasture without have to worry about weaving.

I'm planning on trying to get some more jolley balls, those treat dispenser things, and other stuff to keep him occupied, but money is my issue (though I think it's everyones haha)
    02-27-2008, 02:58 PM
O I know I just bought my girl 3 lickits.

I got the lickit replacements and used baling twine to hang them instead of the container. I also got peppermint salt blocks for her as well. She's a wood chewer too... I got lucky I guess.

Have you looked into vitamins like vita calm It was I think 14.50.

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