My five year old gelding has always been sensitive and somewhere in the last half a year he’s become a stall kicker. It’s not food related, not about his neighbor (though his neighbor might have helped encourage him), sometimes about attention but he does it when no human is around to see as well. It’s like he gets this grumpy little energy and just can’t keep it in. So he bites the wall near his water bucket then rams his butt in the back of the stall and kicks out. Sometimes really tiny, sometimes not.
We’ve adjusted his food, he has some toys (I’m going to add more hanging toys where he bites the wall), he was scoped for ulcers and he’s in daily turnout with a regular work program. I think as he gets stronger and longer workouts in the winter he’ll improve a bit mentally but in the meantime, the wall mats are ripped to shreds and I need to figure out how to protect his legs.
The problem; he’s cut his hocks on several occasions and has developed what really wants to be a quarter crack in the kicking foot. (He is in four shoes). Currently looking for stronger wall mats that will survive the nails in his shoes.
My awesome farrier really wants me to try and discourage the behavior to help his hoof. I’m afraid that with a kick chain, he’ll freak out and I won’t be able to settle him before he hurts himself further. Has anyone used one? Any gentler version?
I saw some misting systems that spray upon impact from the vibration, not sure if I can rig it where he kicks though. Any experience with those?
Any other tricks that you’ve used?
Thanks for the help, COTHers!