Horses that are stalled can develop stable vices. These vices usually develop from boredom because of lack of exercise, being isolated, excess energy, hunger and it can also be a nutritional imbalance.
Horses are grazing animals and therefore are meant to be out in search of food all day plus they interact with each other. These vices can be very frustrating and if not taken care of they can lead to health issues such as weight loss, colic, ulcers and more.
They can also cause nervousness, anxiety, injuries, hoof damage and lameness. Some of these behaviors are reinforced at feeding time. For example, a horse that paws or kicks the stall will usually [Read more…]