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post #1 of 20 Old 07-11-2015, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Horse is bossy when it is fed

I am leasing a horse that pins his at feeding times. He doesn't kick or bite just pins his ears. The owner said that when he bought him he was skinny so she put weight in him. Do you think this is because he's anxious for his food? since he eats so fast we have had to water his feed down. Any ideas to get him to slow down his eating and pinning his ears and being all this is my food?
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post #2 of 20 Old 07-11-2015, 07:11 PM
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Put large rocks in his feed pan to slow him down.

As for the ear pinning you havet wo choices. Ignore it or make him be more respectful.

When I got my gelding he was really worked up at dinner time and would act very maughty, kicking an pinning his ears, bucking, charging the pan, squealing. Very naughty!

I started carrying my dressage whip with me and used it to block him from the feed pan until he was standing quietly away from the pan with a pleasant demeanor. Now he knows to go to the corner and wait calmly, and when I look at him he turns his head away and I walk away from the pan which is his signal he can approach and eat. He is very calm and respectful now because that how I insisted he act and now he gets fed quickly and with no effort on his part. ;)
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I had a chronic ear pinner. She did it all the time, not just at feeding time. Sweet as can be, just pinned her ears until you actually placed a hand on her. Her Mother was the same way & her long time friend pinned ears too, so maybe she learned it from them.
I did teach her a trick, "Look pretty"- then she put her ears forward. She didn't change in the 25 years I had her.
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post #4 of 20 Old 07-11-2015, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Ok that's a good idea to block him so he doesn't rush. But with the rocks how big should they be, could they choke on them if they were to small. Since he is at a pony club we put the rug them up while they eat perhaps I could feed him half of his feed and then rug him up and then when he is done eating wait a bit then give him the rest. Pretty much feeding him in 2 parts
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I had a chronic ear pinner. She did it all the time, not just at feeding time. Sweet as can be, just pinned her ears until you actually placed a hand on her. Her Mother was the same way & her long time friend pinned ears too, so maybe she learned it from them.
I did teach her a trick, "Look pretty"- then she put her ears forward. She didn't change in the 25 years I had her.

Haha love the trick Natisha.
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But with the rocks how big should they be, could they choke on them if they were to small.
For one of our super fast eaters, we used a few river rock about 3" in diameter.

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I would ignore the ears *as long as* he is otherwise polite. If he is pinning them *at* you that is different but just pinning them doesn't matter.

Big rocks (fist sized) are fine, you don't want him eating the rocks.

I wouldn't feed him in 2 parts. Let him eat. That will just make him worse.

Previously starved horses do tend to be more possessive of their food.
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Round rock in the feed bucket usually work except that some horses learn to throw them out if the bucket isn't deep enough. I always feed hay before grain and that is something that might help if you are not already dong it. As for the ear pinning . . . . There is a big difference between a horse threatening and simply pinning it's ears. The latter is just a personality trait that should be ignored.
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Ok will find some fist sized rocks and do it like that
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post #10 of 20 Old 07-12-2015, 02:03 AM
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too bad you can't allow him the time to eat his grain in peace before you have to fuss with rugs and stuff. wh/ile a horse has to have decent manners around food, if he's anxious about it, allowing him some space to eat will make him feel less anxious, and thus maybe a better ride.
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