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post #11 of 12 Old 06-23-2018, 06:59 PM
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I've had several healthy adults animals that were accident prone, they also outgrew it.

My Arabian gelding is very sensitive and careful. He baits the grumpy gelding then prances around just out of reach, because he can. And yet... it's not that he isn't avoiding getting hurt, not sure WHAT it is. He's gotten better as he aged but when I first got him (in his teens) it was constant. And it's not a "young" thing (though agree that a horse his age may just be clutzy). He came with the name "Destructo" and I can't help but wonder why as he is NOT destructive at all, aside from to himself!

I would try to have faith he will outgrow it, and if not figure out how to deal with it. I would manage him differently (as suggested by others) as it does sound like you could make some tweaks and have a happier and hopefully healthier horse. I would NOT stall him, it's not going to fix anything and could potentially make things worse. The gelding above kicked over the top of a dutch door and practically degloved his leg from the hock down. He's not going to be magically cured in a stall, will have significantly more added stress (plus health issues of any horse being in for that amount of time esp at such an important age) plus he's MORE likely to hurt himself when he comes out, and I think in his stall too as he gets into trouble.
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post #12 of 12 Old 06-23-2018, 07:11 PM
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Yes, I would cut the grain as well, but for what itís worth I wouldnít stall him. He just sounds like a super active and clumsy horse to me as well. My main horse is extremely active as well. Luckily not clumsy. I can only imagine how he would chew on wood if he didnít have other horses to chew on and bother and it happened to be available. He is constantly busy and does not have an ulcer. He does have some vices from being a baby kept alone before I owned him. That type of animal, the one who must always be stimulated, will find a way to get into trouble if left with too little to do for too long.
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