Stable and Other Vices

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Pony Girthing/Mounting Issues

My 11-year-old daughter is having trouble with her pony nipping at her when she is girthing him, and when she goes to mount without an assistant. He also smacks his tail and pins his ears, almost looking like he might cow-kick at her sometimes.

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Kicking Problems

My horse constantly kicks his stall, and in the pasture he’s very rough with other horses, biting and kicking them.

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Weaving in Horses: Another Look

In this time of enlightened horse management, it is staggering that the myths and folklore surrounding stable “vices” still refuse to die, and therefore the repetitive behaviors themselves continue to thrive. Even the term “vice” implies the

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Cribbing and Wood Chewing: Just Gotta Gnaw

Cribbing and wood chewing by horses can create problems for horse and owner alike. Wood chewing is often considered by many owners to be a rather benign vice, while cribbing more frequently is considered to be a direct threat to the horse’s

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Controlling Cribbing

There is a new 3-year-old gelding in my barn. He cribs and wears a collar; the collar seems awfully tight to me. A respected friend says that the other horses might pick up this habit from this horse. Is that true? And how can I work with

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Retraining a Rebellious Colt

We recently had a foal who is now one month old. His mother has always been easy to handle in the cross ties or harness (she is a 20-year-old retired Standardbred), but is not a horse which can be caught easily in the pasture, and she isn’t

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Herd Bound Horses

I was wondering if you could help me. For a friend, I look after a 15.3-hand mare who is six years old. The horse had a fairly bad start in life as she was first abandoned in a stable, then in a field. She has luxating patellas in both hind

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Stall Walking

I have a yearling Thoroughbred that constantly circumnavigates his stall. This is causing an uneven wear pattern on his hooves. How do I stop him from doing this? We do not want to put him in a standing stall, and have tried hanging a tire…

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Playful Rearing

We recently received an orphaned colt from a very reputable breeder friend who had neither the time nor facilities to raise the baby. We picked him up when he was five hours old, and he is now three weeks old. Health-wise he is doing fine. H

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Problem Behaviors in Pastures

I recently purchased a 4-year-old gelding. He is extremely aggressive toward my other gelding in the pasture, and I’m unable to turn them out together. I am able to turn the horse out with my pony mare and pony gelding, but he

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Paddock Ins And Outs

Our 12-year-old gelding, Ringo, has become difficult to bring in from the pasture. He sometimes drags us through the barn door. Then he barges through the stall door and straight to his grain tub. There’s almost no stopping him. For a couple

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