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post #1 of 17 Old 04-18-2010, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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This is a stupid question buttt

Why do some horses lift their leg when eating grain? Is it an excitement thing? or what?
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post #2 of 17 Old 04-18-2010, 05:11 PM
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Can't say as I have seen that. Resting, yes, but lifting? Nope. Maybe someone is defensive of their food and getting ready to kick? I'd be leary.
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is it like they r just lifting their front hoof and holding it? Cuz if it is i have known several horses that do this... I don't think its anything serious but I don't know why they do it.
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I know quite a few horses who paw (mine being one of them) or knock their grain buckets with their knees while eating. I think its just anticipation/excitement.
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There was an arab at the barn where I used to board who did that. Owner/BO said it was just an excitement thing.

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I think it's an excitement thing as well. My TB/Shire cross paws at her bucket while she's eating. I think it just tastes good

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Calli begs for her food. But not when eating.
Ditto others...and excitment thing like FOOOOOOD

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post #8 of 17 Old 04-18-2010, 07:59 PM
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It's begging. Dixie, a mare at the barn, does it when she's being fed, or wating to be fed, and when she's being saddled.
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I have no idea why they do it. But I think I know what you are talking about, I had a pony that used to do it:
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post #10 of 17 Old 04-18-2010, 09:24 PM
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Oh well, do I feel stupid I was thinking of their hind feet only...

Still and all, I don't know why some horses do it. I have seen pawing, which I don't allow, but I have not ever seen picking it up and holding. Interesting.
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