I am boarding this little gelding that developed the habit of pawing the autowaterers with persistence and enough force to damage them. We moved him to a pen with a trough, and had to set the pen up with three troughs to ensure the horses have clean water as he paws the troughs too.
We assume it’s to cool down, but the doofus has TWO ponds to paw in (it won’t stop raining here). When he was in the paddock with the auto-waterer, I tried setting up a plastic trough for him, but he still pawed the waterer. I tried tieing tires to the waterer to make it harder for him to stand close enough to paw with force, but he is a persistent booger.
I am hopeful once winter comes he will lose motivation to paw, but I can’t risk him destroying the waterers. Any ideas?