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post #1 of 23 Old 02-28-2012, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Husbands Horse Paws While Eating

My husband has a 5 year old spotted saddle horse that we have had for a year now. We feed oats during the winter just to keep a little extra weight on. Whenever his horse comes in to eat he goes to his grain bin and immediately starts pawing. I can stand right next to him and pop him with a crop and he stops but as soon as I walk away he starts doing it again. I have never had a horse paw so consistently like that. Is it a behavioral issue or something else? I am at a loss of how to break him too. Thanks for any help!
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Stand around a corner and toss a brush at his feet when he starts to paw. My horse's could never figure out where it care from. They eventually caught on.
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post #3 of 23 Old 02-28-2012, 05:03 PM
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My horse paws the entire time he eats. I can't feed him out of a feed manger as he sends his entire bed flying. I figure at 16 years of age he isn't about to stop and just cope with it. I was once told by an old cowboy it may have something to do with the natural instinct to "dig" for grass in bad weather conditions? I could be a million miles away on that theory though, I don't know how accurate it is!

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Some horses get very excited when fed and paw. Our mare, Cinnamon will do this at times, and her full sister will do it everytime she is fed. I'm curious about why you think this needs correction?

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I notice mine will do it too when they get excited about their grain, Zorro even does until he paws his tub over and spreads it all over the ground. Stilts does it and takes huge bites like he attacking his grain....especially if they got wet or cold. I think it's just excitement and impatience.

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My horses paw while eating too. I saw the one boy hold his foot up for about 5 minutes while eating grain because he couldn't paw the bucket. I attach feed buckets to the fence to stop them from spilling them, muhahaha, thwarted!
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My horses paw while eating too. I saw the one boy hold his foot up for about 5 minutes while eating grain because he couldn't paw the bucket. I attach feed buckets to the fence to stop them from spilling them, muhahaha, thwarted!

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two of my horses, a QH and TB both paw at there buckets, the TB just paws a little, and knocks over the food, but the QH will hold her leg up for ages! they even put there hoof in the bucket, so I tied them both to a tree, now they don't waste half there feed.

If it doesn't bother you - I don't see a problem with them doing it. not hurting anyone (:
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^^^^I resent that! Whatever they spill, I have 3 dogs that steal the crumbs! What am I supposed to do, give the horses dogfood?
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That would be so messed up! O.o ^ haha!! I heard pawing can be bad for their legs?
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