Chrissy wrote -
re stable vices
I have just purchased a 2yr old filly,
bought from a video (hence I did not see her stable vices, until she
arrived). The problem is that when she is put into the stable she will
kick at the walls constantly until someone goes to her. She is
attention seeking because she will kick out then look over the door to
see if someone is coming. If not she repeats the action. I have
ignored her hoping she will get fedup, but to no avail. It is always
when there are people on the yard.
She also drags all her bedding into one
corner leaving herself nothing on which to lie.
When I am in the stable with her she is
fine, I have only seen her kick at the wall on one occasion whilst I
was tying up her haynet. I gave her a slap.
She did used to push me around when she
first came but we don't have this problem now. She is a real people
lover, a beautiful filly, and has a lovely character I would just like
to sort out this problem before she has to have shoes on, when then
she will do alot of damage.
The filly is actually out for 24hour grazing and has spent a maximum of 5 days in the stable since I bought her in May.
She kicks the walls if we disappear from her sight in the stable.
Daily she is brought in for feeding, grooming, handling and mouthing and she is of course taught outside to lead, walking, trotting and standing. She had done none of this prior to my getting her.
She has a lovely character, a people loving horse, kind gentle and funny.
However the kicking of the walls is so severe that today her back legs are both swollen. I presume this is the result of her kicking the walls on Friday when she had to come in whilst the rest of her pals had the blacksmith. She was in for 3 hours, with a full haynet and in view of them throughout. I was not there so I do not know how much kicking was done but I did notice her bed had been badly thrown about which she has not done for a while. I have not seen the other owner to ask what she got up to yet.
I have ordered matting ready for winter because I am dreading how I will go on when she will only be out if the ground is firm, or for a maximum of 2 hours a day. The matting is for the walls by the way.
Are there any boots which can be left on? I don't like the idea as I'm afraid that may cause more damage.
I've hosed down the legs today but they are obviously very tender, and I'll get the vet out tomorrow if they've not gone down.
At 2 yrs old I am very worried that she is going to do some permanent damage if this problem is not sorted soon.
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