Readers Reveal Their Horses' Habits

More than 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What 'bad habits' do your horses have?"

results of bad habit poll

Results were as follows: 
  • Cribbing/chewing on wood, etc.: 49.32% (505)
  • Other: 28.42% (291)
  • Bucking: 15.33% (157)
  • Biting: 14.06% (144)
  • Kicking: 11.62% (119)
  • Weaving: 9.96% (102)
  • Rearing: 7.91% (81)

Readers shared their thoughts in the comments below. While many indicated that their horses are perfect, the rest of us might find some guidance from the article"Keeping Stalled Horses Happy," as well as resources on behavior!

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  • For cribbing, I purchased Quitt formula from my local co-op and it worked great. stopped in 4 days.
  • escaping from paddock to sleep on porch
  • I am so lucky. I have 5 horses and none of them have any "bad habits".
  • I use a spray-on pruning seal.
  • I have 8 horses and none of them have bad habits
  • make sure he has company
  • none - they are both angels
  • swift kick
  • Chewing on wood
  • none. I don/'t tolerate those habits in my horses.
  • Think hard about that particular horse and develop a plan. Be willing to change your approach.
  • I rarely give him the chance to "weave" by keeping him outside as much as possible
  • One horse out of my eight cribs, the others like to chew on wood when bored in the barn during long
  • nutrition/ bodywork
  • more turnout
  • one of my horses weaves if bored
  • an act of protest to flee , he rears and backs up . riding is tricky too.
  • Weaving - as an expression of fear/nerves. Not a vice.
  • so far nothing has stopped it
  • crib
  • None-Provide plenty of forage especially when stalled-try for maximum turnout time
  • wood chewing - give them fibrous hay to chew instead, weaving - horse wants to be turned out NOW!
  • More work...he's always like this at the end of winter
  • My horses are perfect!
  • more excerise or turnout
  • Spooking. Tried lots of things...John Lyons Training working best.
  • 2 horses paw at feeding time.........they wait till they don't paw and then get fed
  • let him out of his feeding pen
  • Pulls back when tied. Use blocker tie ring and he ground ties.
  • miracle collar
  • kick back quickly and shout NO!
  • 1st time cinching, everytime 16 yrs tries to bite
  • lots of hay, hot sauce on surfaces
  • none or I wouldn't own them
  • paint it with diesel fuel
  • nothing
  • miracle collar
  • Paint tree trunks/barn wood with Halt Cribbing. Up exercise and provide tree branches in paddock.
  • keep them busy...
  • I have tried cribbing collars but it doesn't stop him.
  • don't have a remedy for cribbing, nothing I've tried has worked except using a muzzle.
  • Free choice barley straw
  • None these are all signs that something is wrong your job is to figure it out and fix it.
  • Most vices are a result of boredom and lack of exercise. I utilize in and out stalls and pasture/hay
  • collar
  • dish soap
  • repulsive "Cribox"
  • montys roberts methods as well as treating the horse like a horse as much as possible have worked wo
  • my appaloosa won't tie
  • If it's wooden they eat it
  • my horses are perfect!
  • hE LIKE TO LICK MY BARE BACK WHEN i TRY TO CLEAN HIS BACK HOOVES
  • none
  • A good short spanking with a whip
  • does not crib but chews/eats wood in winter[cold weather stress] bar soap rubbed on wood,works well
  • regular riding and habinaro sauce in his favorite cribbing spots
  • Idon't seem to have any of the common vices. I don't allow them to start/continus and train my own a
  • electric fence
  • Bitter Apple
  • None, My horses get lots of turn out time with other horses.
  • use a lemon
  • Plays in waterer. I use horse toys, turnout, sometimes it works.
  • bite him back
  • I am too generous with the treats. They aren't that pushy tho - they know I'll DECK 'EM if need be
  • Wish I had one
  • distraction
  • keepin my eyes peeled!
  • i usualy just ride it out of her
  • More work, Steel stables & Yards
  • One bucks-ride more; one cribs-no remedy; one weaves while outside trying to get back to her stall.
  • None, proper nutrition,exercise,training=no vices
  • being the boss
  • Pawing. When he does it, I make him move his feet.
  • turnout 24/7 vit.b-1
  • I have a super horse. None of the listed habits apply to her. 22 yrs and still well behaved.
  • remarkable, our stud cribbed, he was recently cut and hasn't spent a moment since setting his teeth
  • replace the boards
  • He was gelded at 4, and still exhibits some stallion-like behavior.
  • none
  • really doesn't have any; guess she had a wonderful trainer
  • I rescue OTTBs & I ride well enough to ignore it. That works!
  • None of the above, and all these habits could be stopped with proper riding and care.
  • pawing at feedtime, make them stop before feeding, used to eat tree bark but stopped by selves
  • I picked 'other' because my horse stall-walks and digs holes. She does it less when she's worked.
  • keep teeth floated regularly
  • sbatching her head around and up
  • Why should a horse have any of these? 12 horses, NO bad habits, training & treatment goes a LONG way
  • 1 horse bucks, 1 horse chews wood
  • My gelding likes to flap his lips when he's bored or anxious--VERY annoying.
  • Turn-out to prevent the weaving and pulling back shoes to decrease horse injuries from kicking. The
  • Also stall walking....so he lives outside now!
  • None of the above
  • Pacing the stall, around and around.
  • I used hotwire to keep him from cribbing on our fencing.
  • next time I won't build with wood!
  • NO bad habits! Barron's perfect!!
  • none.as iI don't let them have any.
  • more hay, minerals
  • pawing - i let the old guy do it! for wood chewing, chicken wire
  • usually means that I didn't warm her up enough, her she stood in her stall too long
  • Really,they have no glaring vices. The worst thing they might do is take a step forward when mountin
  • Chewing is the only habit I have been unable to control
  • Haven't found one, yet, but am going to try the Rusty Dare cribbing collar!
  • miracle collar
  • nnoe, and I have 14 horses!
  • take a bar of soap and rub it on the wood. It tastes bad and they pretty much stop.
  • No "bad habits." They're outside in paddocks or pasture completely.
  • keep them out side
  • Keep him entertained inside and lots of turnout
  • 2 tb's MFT.NO BAD HABITS,LOTS OF HAY DOES THE TRICK
  • don't have one
  • they all chew on the walls of the barn, filly kicks when you get too close while eating her grain...
  • One cribber but no other horses here picked up the habit.
  • screeming & pounding walls and doors at mealtime
  • Cribbing collar, and lots of turn out
  • Chewing tree bark... had to fence off all trees in the pasture
  • Controlled with Weaver collar
  • wood chewing
  • none, they're out all the time and moving
  • 1 out of 6 is a cribber
  • all animals respond to love and kindness and we also use the T-Touch for animals - it works!
  • grabbing for food
  • My horse pins her ears at me when I enter her stall and paddock. I enter and don't go to her, I jui
  • I have a donk that weaves and scrapes his teeth on the gate. He does it inside or outside.
  • my mare likes to headtoss. no physical issues, just attitude! :)
  • Demanding treats
  • NONE, horseperson, raised them, spend time handleing, no bad habits except 2 who climb fences down
  • they like to eat regularly....
  • He's mouthy, not mean about it, but annoying.
  • i hav 6 horses, the only 1 with a bad habit is an OTTB cribber
  • Running backwards:(
  • remedy?!?! i don't have one yet....let's hope the cribbing collar helps.
  • more like pacingprobably from not enough exercise. Bales of straw in path helps
  • I make them uncomfortable; I round pen them and make them until I reestablish my leadership.
  • pushiness when feed time comes
  • cribbing collar when stalled, and lots of turn out
  • chews her tongue
  • wind sucker, no remedy works
  • He tried to start rearing,but a crop carefully placed on his belly put a quick end to that!
  • He treats me like another horse-play, kick, bite
  • No "bad" habits. Some annoying habits!
  • strap
  • cribber. I use a collar that comes from Aust. to stop her. It is the only thing that works.
  • only bucks when asked to canter, we are working to improve.
  • Lots of pasture time.
  • None of these. He's perfect
  • pawing at the ground when im grooming her
  • electronic
  • Cribbing strap
  • the only effective remedy I have found is an extra wide cribbing strap
  • We built a barn just for him to crib in. No collar.No colic and he is a happy, healthy horse
  • He chews on the fence posts. I've even tried Louisana Hot sauce.. He Likes it!!! :(
  • plastic drywall corners secured to wood
  • My mare can crawl! Right under fences.
  • not paying attention--looks everywhere but where we are going
  • Glad to say that all 4 of my horses to not exhibit any of these bad habits.
  • Lots of Turnout time, "No Chew" on favorite chew spots & hay bag full of Timothy grass in the stall.
  • collar didn't work. let him crib if in metal stall
  • Calm,consistent training;all cribbers should be required to be sold with disclosure as in EU.
  • I must be very lucky..I only have to deal with fidgeting while in cross ties. Any suggestions?
  • Why isn't "No bad habits" an option. My horse is a gentleman and has no bad habits.
  • I turn them out more and try not to keep them in their stalls long
  • One bites, one is an angel
  • none, he is awesome companion
  • barn sour, setting back
  • I wish I knew - no one seems to have a real answer.
  • Bolting - to keep up or a protest reaction. One-rein stops
  • McNasty on Fences - Miracle collar in stall
  • Bucks on cantering. Legs on and ride him through it
  • I never let him get "backwards thinking". Never when under saddle!
  • Shying
  • I will not HAVE a horse with a "bad habit"
  • When stalled our horses get bored and chew on wood (Not cribbing) so we keep them out more
  • more work!
  • THERES A REMEDY?
  • crib collar
  • older mare rocks b/f over board if stalled
  • pulling out step-in fence posts - a piece of hot tape over the top usually solves the problem!
  • chiropractic treatment
  • She is full of energy. Needs more work.
  • None of the above.
  • bucking when spring is here and chewing on wood when bored in a stall
  • We have 3 geldings living out 24/7. No bad habits.
  • More turnout time
  • I have a naughty mini that bucks, all others good as gold
  • Pawing at feeding time. He digs big holes
  • they eat my fences, don't have a remedy
  • metal angle sheets (made for drywall work) on all edges of posts in barn
  • Pees & poops in stall even though he has attached paddock where he spends most of the day
  • none
  • More exercise and de-spooking.
  • My left-brain extrovert runs the fence at feedtime
  • The key to a horse who has none of those habits is a horse with "job" and good manners.
  • Let her chew
  • one horse cribs, one occasionally paws when confined.
  • two of the horses head butt when they are being led. Drives me crazy!
  • trainer and working with her
  • He's a drama queen and the worlds's slowest eater, I don't mind, but the barn owner does!
  • Mare has learned to go through electric fence. Still trying to figure out what to do next.
  • metal strippping across the boards
  • Wow, My horse does not have any of these bad habits, I guess she is perfect, aside of being a mare!
  • Chew wood when bored, pawing at meal time, head spinning
  • no bad habits. my horses are allowed to be horses and are a joy to own
  • patcience and natural horsemanship
  • 1 of 3 of my horses cribs....appendix vs. quarter
  • Crib collar and keep him busy
  • Supplements and Spray
  • More gentle one-on-one attention.
  • She chews from boredom - food and activity are the cure - QUITT didn't work long term only short
  • Just remember.....your horse is telling you something! Take the time to listen to them!
  • Only one tries to cow kick, so I just stay out of range and tell him "NO"
  • Refuses to pass certain horses
  • Crib stop paint on crib treatment
  • Leave stable door open and put a rope across
  • when riding, sitting quiet and riding them forward.
  • collar
  • creosote and pepper spray
  • don't have one.
  • don't ride him
  • None, my horse are kept outside with access to shelter and live like horses.
  • none of the above
  • weaver collar
  • none. Mine are turned out 24/7 and have outlets for all their energy. Bad habits come from boredom
  • Thankfully his only vice is being a bit pushy, looking for treats.
  • head bobbing when feed time but that is it! I am lucky with my 10 horses!
  • cayenne pepper mixed w/ water & dish soap painted on key areas
  • I have twelve horses and they have no bad habits. They are in a large pasture and can come and go a
  • none
  • You forgot to put in none as an option.
  • Chew wood - spray, biting - bit back, anti-weave grills, box walking - ???
  • My horses don't have any bad habit, they're at pasture all day, only put in stalls during bad weathe
  • Wind sucks when she eats. I let her do it.
  • i have eliminated most all bad habits thru management & training
  • standing in the water trough, opening gates, crushing buckets
  • homemade hot sauce painted on wood worked like a charm
  • my horses have no bad habits
  • none
  • occasional crow right after you mount and start to ride
  • pooping in their hay
  • my horse tries to bite me when I do up his girth so I do it up one hole at a time not as bad then.
  • Turn out and exercise regularly at home. At shows, tie her up if she starts to walk the stall/pen.
  • one TB, rest are very well behaved
  • WrapLast applied to tails
  • have tried chew stop, regular and french cribbing collar, 6 mo.guar. feed supl,nothing works
  • My mare paws when she is anxious. I dont have a good remedy
  • Nag, Nag, Nag when I go in the barn at night.
  • Not sure why cribbing and wood chewing are together, they aren't the same thing.
  • Barn/buddy sour and putting their feet in the water trough
  • We just gave away our cribber-he's stopped now that he's turned out w/friends
  • None. I have had my horse since birth.Being a experienced horse women I never tolerated bad habits s
  • chew stop spray from Farnham
  • None
  • urinating when he sees me coming to feed; no habits in any of my horses!
  • She just started these at the new stable.
  • cribbing straps, for the bucking and rearing: ride it.
  • he just started bucking when he was mishandled by a trainer.
  • Print the wood with old motor oil
  • Miracle Collar slows him down, but he has cribbed for 22 yrs
  • crowding handler in a herd situation
  • None now...Parelli Natural Horsemanship helped me to help them
  • dont let him get excited
  • spooking/spinning
  • Nothing, it is something I accept, it is one horse only from weaning age on
  • Avoids having ears touched, not violent, just dislikes
  • Get her out of her stall and in the arena for a workout.
  • i wish i knew
  • all 5 of my horses get along great-don't really seem to have any bad habits
  • My husband thinks they're over-grown beavers.
  • These usaully happen only in the winter when they get bored. Excersie is the cure all:)
  • I use the Dare collar to help prevent cribbing.
  • I have a very playful horse that loves to mouth other horses. I carry a dressage whip and correct.
  • Licking to death - Don't need a remedy since I see nothing wrong with the behavior
  • None
  • discipline
  • no real bad habits!
  • plenty of exercise and smal circles when i feel one coming
  • he chews his rope--we push him away from it
  • I give her vitamins and replace chewed wood
  • None! Mine are very well trained and busy, therefore HAPPY.
  • My horse is outside as much as possible. I consistently correct misbehaviors.
  • I bought him as a 2 yr old. He has always weaved when he wanted somethng. he is on 24 hr. turnout.
  • My horses don't have any bad habits!
  • lock him out of the barn during the day
  • pawing at feeding time and when in trailer at a stop.
  • my mom's horse used to wood chew. My horse leap-bucks when he does something wronge!!
  • None!
  • 1 mare of six will chew if left inside for extended periods. Turn out cures all
  • Pawing/hobbling
  • My horse is always pushing his head into me
  • Don't have one yet! I just have one mare that seems calm them suddenly explodes in a bucking fit.
  • SHE PAWS WHEN SHE DOESN'T HER TREATS OR BUCKET WHEN SHE THINKS THEY ARE DUE
  • NO bad habits - proper training and exercise is the key
  • opening gates
  • I have two cribbers(windsuckers) they do fine if they have their miracle collars on.
  • ride forward to the contact and sit back
  • PIck up the whip to stop his pawing.
  • dial soap on the wood
  • cribbing collar
  • reduce opportunity, find out what triggers it, what is causing it
  • With full-time turnout/grass and properly fitting tack, how nice, my horses have none of the above.
  • She pulls back on her rope a lot.
  • all 3 horses have none of the above
  • none
  • I have a cribber that uses his chin - not his teeth - how do you stop that?
  • Hot pepper
  • Cribber - don't stall him, gave him pasture to roam in.
  • Changed all fencing to Electric Braid and on the posts have metal caps nailed on.Hang toys in stalls
  • spooking
  • ignore all negative behavuour. praise good behaviour
  • Don't have a remedy. Desperately want one!
  • Mooching!
  • One horse is a houdini! Installed hardware cloth to reduce chewable surfaces;
  • ride it out, she can't buck forever. once she knows she'll have to work harder, it stops. funny, huh
  • Worst case of "barn sour" I've ever seen !!!
  • NO BAD HABITS AROUND PEOPLE ONLY WHEN BY HERSELF OR IN HER STALL
  • my mustang mare-none
  • striking the stall door for treats or food
  • FIRM correction.
  • she can't get along with my gelding
  • none
  • bites at self while being groomed; try to distract her rather than punish
  • Blanket distruction-a needle, thread and bonding material always on hand.
  • collars/lots n lots of turnout time.
  • cribbing:dietary and living conditions, kicking: training
  • Depends on the horse. Cribbing and weaving aren't bad habits - they are vices.
  • 1 mild cribber, got rid of a fence walker, hate that!
  • nothing
  • I put up an electric wire around the top rail of the fence line
  • Pawing- I work them and then let standing be a reward. Unless they think of working as positive.
  • none thank goodness
  • None! She's perfect.
  • Only chewing on wood..not cribbing..My horses are out as much as weather permits in a very large pas
  • My 5 yr old Belgian Gelding's hbit is to play with and destroy anything he can.Feeders,buckects.etc.
  • crib collar
  • do you have a remeady for a horse that puts its but up against a wall and poops?
  • Plenty of hay/grass.
  • Allow them as much turn out as possible...these conditions occur out of boredom and confinement
  • pacing
  • PATIENCE!!!
  • My horse is perfect.
  • metal fencing
  • Drafts that walk through, knock down, and generally damage fencing and buildings.
  • McNasty made it worse. Tried liniment gel rubbed on the wood but no luck.
  • Very fortunate, Mysty has no bad habits!!! Better Training is my solution!!
  • keep her fed
  • mare weaves, gelding is mouthy.
  • none
  • my horse neighs a lot. while not dangerous it can be very annoying.
  • none
  • None of the above
  • Can be hard to catch in the pasture
  • Cribbing - electrified fences and gates. Bucking - usually know when he will buck so keep head up.
  • bites the air, kicks belly when being saddled
  • Let him. We consider him the Quality Assurance Manger for the pasture boards.
  • Chewing on my reins & leadropes, stealing shovels (lippy geldings), foot stomp when irritated
  • chew with their mouths open
  • ivory soap on the wood
  • My mare and gelding both pin their ears back when being fed. I always back them "back" before feedi
  • Bucks when stressed, don't stress her.
  • toys in the pen. Tried free feeding, but the equalled fat horses!
  • none of my horses have any of these "bad" habits
  • none - they are happy, busy and have lots of turnout
  • Chews one board on stall door - live with it
  • Mine are out 24/7--no vices.
  • Mature show gelding spooks - no consistancy or reason. Trying to desensitize - concentrated workouts
  • None, my horses have none of these bad habits.
  • buddy sour at the trailer if his friend leaves him alone. He dances around.
  • Just one of 5. He is an Arab rescue.
  • weaver crib collar
  • running and banging teeth on metal
  • 1 cribber out of 7. She'd rather crib than eat
  • the only bad habits both of mine have is being a little pushy when they want something like cookies
  • none
  • One cribs and pins his ears at feeding.He's special(o: The other two are gentlemen;none of the above
  • 24 hr turnout if possible
  • Out of 16 horses one cribber. Swear he's bipolar- several months none & then several months he will.
  • I get rid of them if they do any of the above on a regular bases!
  • Biting and bucking is rare, but it it occurs I quickly have them focus on doing something else.
  • Miracle Collar
  • Pawing. Hobbles
  • Our horse has none of these vices, he is sometimes aggressive going after a hand-fed treat.
  • 24/7 turnout and ignoring it when she does it
  • None, I have perfect angels. I work with the on a daily bases. Remember what Clint Anderson says!
  • put soap on the stall wood or metal bars
  • We wrap chicken wire around anything wood that we don't want damaged and he leaves it alone.
  • Dish soap
  • Warmblood mare uses her HUGE head to move you around
  • exercise
  • stall kicking at feeding time. We hung mats to protect him.
  • Mine take bark off trees, killing them, not cribbing chew & eat even w/min blks & lots of pasture!?
  • throwing hay out of the feeders, I'd love a safe remedy
  • She will grab & chew any harness if left within her reach. Rememdy is keep it all out of her reach.
  • "chew-proof" stabling, quick-release + leadline for pulling back
  • hard work (has too much energy)
  • mIracle collar
  • rub a bar of deodorant soap on the wood
  • My seven year old does cribs, have tried supplements, collars, - nothing works, any suggestions?
  • Miracle collar works with no adverse effects.
  • Dump water buckets-if you know a remedy I'd love to hear
  • none-he's on pasture, no grain or alfalfa, no obvious stressors
  • moving her feet
  • He likes to nibble on my boots while we wait for pleasure classes. I just move his head.
  • My horse will beg for treats
  • My horses are outside 24/7 with a warm run-in and heated water tanks. No bad habits!
  • Wish I had one for chewing.Tried many ideas. They are out as much as possible for a north Pa winter.
  • I'm very lucky to have a horse with NO bad habits!!
  • Kicked me once, but was during freezing rain. He was in a BAD mood!
  • cribbing I use a collar to minimize damage to the barn and for the biting and kicking firm handling.
  • when confined for a long period of time
  • Feed on time and steady workouts..
  • My horse only has bad habits when he gets frustrated or stressed...
  • keep him outside, his vice is stall walking
  • My horse is "Dennis the Menace", always chaos, breaks things, etc.
  • nothing yet
  • Pulling Back
  • Bad ears at times; I tell him I want "nice" ears
  • Painting the fences with old motor oil. Keeps bugs out, gives a dark appearance, and taste bad.
  • TB kicks at other horses not people
  • Discipline such as backing up quickly/rapidly, "pinching" back, moving his feet
  • Nothing, I have a perfect horse!
  • just started cribbing last year after not doing it!
  • But cribbing is stopprd but not cured wit a miracle collar
  • weaver cribbing collar
  • Didferent tricks for different horses
  • keep your horse in large pasture w/ mates
  • I've read that cribbing can be the result of ulcers. My TB was at the track.
  • peeing on fresh shavings immediatly
  • put a bit in when trying to work with the horse
  • No stable vices because they are turned out 24/7!!!
  • nothing seems to work! They crib/chew when bored even though there is grass available.
  • my horses live a "natural" lifestyle, and have no bad habits!
  • Chewing on rope while tied
  • Electric twine for fence chewing, trying clicker training for head butting, etc.
  • pawing at their stall door
  • i'M GOING TO INSTALL A HOT WIRE ON THE TOP BOARD OF MY FENCE AND I ALSO USE A STRONG SMELLING BAR OF
  • Make the horse immediately move its feet, especially back them up.
  • my horses are perfect
  • Chewing is stopped by covering everything with metal.
  • mares show irritation at times, usually verbal warning halts this
  • Lift you hands to prevent recurrance, and drive the horse forward
  • Haven't figured it out yet...wants to pitch at first gallop.
  • None. My horses are little angels.
  • for wood chewing, cover exposed area with plastic gutters from the home improvement store
  • Using a fragrant soap on the fence rails.
  • collar
  • Parelli Essentials works great
  • Horses don't have "bad" habits they are adapting to their situation and needs
  • don't have a permanent remedy
  • None of those
  • A ton of exercise!
  • TB gelding learned how to windsuck by stocking his tongue out side on track, but doesn't crib
  • GOES OVER & THROUGH FENCE
  • I don't know of any remedy for my horses watching me clean their stalls and immediately christening!
  • My horse doesn't have any bad habits. The worst thing he does is to do nothing if confused.
  • keep him outside as much as possible
  • Thank God none of these!
  • I put metal (Aluminium) plates where they were chewing
  • muzzle
  • My three do not have any bad habits, and have been treated with respect and understanding!
  • ground work
  • 6 horses-no bad habits
  • pawing
  • my horses mug me for treats, the remedy is no hand feeding, but I don't comply
  • My horse is "mouthy" - no biting, but sticking his muzzle right into you searching for treats.
  • No bad habits here!
  • No bad habits. They run free except when fed or wanted.
  • red pepper
  • Occasionally geets pushy.
  • pinning ears
  • Chewing on trees
  • None of those listed, nor any others.
  • My horses, Icelandics, have NO BAD HABBITS! It's an Icelandic thing ;-)
  • self mutiliation and kicking when they are very bored
  • my horses (5) do not do any of these things.
  • Herd bound
  • hard to catch; usually patience or bring in another horse & he will follow
  • he is girthy - I keep gently stroking him where it bothers him until he acts nice
  • Ride forward through the buck (after ruling out pain)
  • cribbing colar and frequent turnout
  • banging on things to get attention
  • they think pawing the ground at dinner time makes it come faster! And make sure you lock the gates.
  • collar
  • NO bad habits - they are NOT stalled!!
  • just spooky-none of the above
  • not wanting to be caught
  • playing on the ground
  • keep them out in the pasture as much as possible!
  • "Playful" nipping is really annoying. I keep all treats away until we're finished for the day.
  • cribbing rings or collar
  • My horse lunges at the bars in front of her stall.
  • Always carry a stick(used as an arm extension), and boss them around often.
  • Show mare: let her stand in the arena for a while ( do showmanship ). no more problems.
  • spooking count?
  • Limit stall time and othere sources of stress as much as possible
  • weavers cribbing collar
  • My young stallion,16 yr. old gelding and mare have no vices.I'm lucky!!!
  • Teach your horse to respect your space.
  • None of the above, they live outdoors, plenty of hay & grain, a pretty happy well behaved lot!
  • Do ground work until they trust me more, or to focus them.
  • you don't have an option for "none"
  • Bucking: leg him forward, engage his mind. Do not reward him by giving up!
  • they don't have any
  • exercise, exercise, exercise
  • paws in the crossties and can be nippy.
  • Young horse will buck once the first time I ask for the canter that day. Shut him down, try again.
  • Remove crib mat'ls
  • consuming the most expensive hay available
  • paint the boards, add toys in their stalls
  • my horses have no bad habits
  • Limit hand fed treats
  • Getting after every time, no matter how small, but also depends on the situation too
  • Paso Fino will chew wood, TB is a big stall kicker
  • 2 horses 24/7 turnout cured her the other does it no matter what, miracle collar doesn't work

About the Author

Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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