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Mary Persons
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Username: unity

Post Number: 3
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Friday, Jul 6, 2007 - 11:49 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I just brought my horse home permanently from a boarding barn. She seems to be happy and adjusting well, though she is the only horse. After riding with my neighbor who has 2 horses, she gets antsy, and when I tie her up to untack her, she starts pawing furiously. What she wants is to get back to the pasture so she can run and call out to them. She settles down quickly, but I don't like being near her when she is pawing the ground like that (separation anxiety??) I have a healthy fear of getting kicked. Is there any way to break her of this? She's my first horse, and generally good-natured, but this concerns me. (I've only had her home for a week).
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Fran C
Username: canter

Post Number: 1066
Registered: 1-2000
Posted on Friday, Jul 6, 2007 - 12:51 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Mary,

I've reduced my mare's impatient pawing by tapping her shoulder as soon as she starts until she sets her foot back down. At the same time that I annoy her with this tapping, I'll growl "Quiiiit!" at her. Took a few consistent attempts before the behavior lessened. Now I can stop her as soon as she lifts that front leg with a well timed "Quit It!"

The key is patience, consistency and timing - ensure you stop tapping the second she stops the undesirable behavior.
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