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post #11 of 20 Old 07-12-2015, 04:33 AM Thread Starter
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I've ignored the ear pinning and he has learnt it is not gonna work. He is feeling more relaxed around me now. Maybe he thought I was gonna take his food away. I stood next to him while he ate today at first he was a bit get away but after a while he got more comfy and let me stand there.
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post #12 of 20 Old 07-12-2015, 08:28 AM
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I agree with Tinyliny & Yogiwick,
My horse is the same, he was always pinning his ears when I would take his food out, and he would pin his ears & act quite irritated while I was messing with him (rugs etc.) while he was eating.
I now know that he just really loves his peace & quiet while he's eating & the ear pinning is actually just him, not aggressive at all...

I had kept him away with a whip a few times while I put his feed in the shelter & made him wait calmly, then he'd calmly proceed to his food with pinned ears haha, so I just let him be, he knows not to come close while I'm waking with the feed bucket & he waits until I place it to go & eat.

So long as he's not invading your space or being aggressive, just place the food & walk away & then go back afterwards to do rugs etc. or do rugs before you feed.
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post #13 of 20 Old 07-12-2015, 02:27 PM
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Agree, as long as he is being polite give him his space and let him be. No need to stand there to make a point.
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post #14 of 20 Old 07-12-2015, 06:53 PM
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Yup, if he's not trying to take a bite out of you or threatening to kick or squish you, it should be fine.

I do have a couple of questions, does he only pin his ears at meal time? Have you had him checked for ulcers?

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post #15 of 20 Old 07-13-2015, 09:56 AM
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I have no idea how to slow his eating for feed but for hay double or even triple net it. This will make it harder for him to pull it out of the net. I did this with my horse however she was putting on weight. I was told eventually I could take it away and now she eats one (none double-netted) medium haynet at night. Still scoffs her feed though! Anyway for the rudeness. Place his tea in his stable and keep him in at night for a while or attach a headcollar when in field. Hold him while you put down the feed or for a few seconds after walking into the stable. If he goes for it he gets a sharp pull on the rope. When he stops REALEASE! If you dont he will hate you instead. Keep doing this until he stands and waits for you to take off the headcollar and a bit longer. This works with my horse and she waits right until I am out of the way to eat now! Hop this helped xx
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post #16 of 20 Old 07-17-2015, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks he has improved now. It feels like I havnt posted in ages
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post #17 of 20 Old 07-17-2015, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Glenormiston View Post
Ok thanks he has improved now. It feels like I havnt posted in ages
Many horses are possessive about their food but I can be a little accommodating if the horse is otherwise mannerly. I don't mind a horse fussing a little as long as he isn't grabbing hay out of my arm or sticking his nose in the grain bucket before it's in place.
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post #18 of 20 Old 07-17-2015, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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I agree. He just loves his food and will eat anything infront of him unlike one of his paddocks mates has to eat twice as much food because they don't put the weight on. Lol. He pins his ears a bit but doesn't really show any aggressiveness. But he's getting there.

Every time I open the feeding bay gate I open it from the inside. But once you've got it open a a tiny bit he will rush in there. He's a hungry fella.
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post #19 of 20 Old 07-17-2015, 06:30 PM
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Glenormiston, If you get a small mesh hay net, maybe $10, it will slow him down which means less time with an empty stomach. Better yet, hang two if he's in a box stall in opposite corners. Moving aids digestion and circulation and he'll go back and forth. Just be sure to hang them as high as you can. He'll reach for the hay but drop his head to chew. As the net empties it hangs lower and lower. When stuffed full, I weave the cord thro the net until it's at the bottom, pull as tight as I can, tie a single knot then hang up.

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post #20 of 20 Old 07-17-2015, 06:46 PM
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It's funny, I have three rescues but only one eats her food faster, and it's not that fast. Two of them- the slightly faster eating mare, and my gelding have been starved before (not the colt tho, he was thin but not emaciated). None of them eat THAT fast... I think my mare Dixie just eats faster so she can try to steal Pistol's :,D
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