Why is pawing bad?
Can someone explain to me why pawing is considered bad, and something that you would reprimand a horse for? I can see it being potentially undesirable in two situations: (1) horse lives in a stall with a dirt floor and consistently paws the same spot, making a hole, or (2) you are riding and the horse paws in such a way that suggests he wants to roll. Outside of these two scenarios, I really canít understand it. Well, OK, I guess (3) Teddy paws his feed, spills it, and then gets upset because he doesnít have any more food. So I have worked with him to not do this.
But, generally, it seems like one of those things that horse people are always telling you not to let the horse do. In my experience, they are usually pawing because they are bored or anxious, and itís like a fidget for a person, in other words not really harmful. Thoughts?