Whenever I read a post and go, "yes - that makes lots of sense, I agree
with that," it is most often from Orange County CA!
On Wed, 5 Feb 1997 23:04:32 -0800 (PST) K S Swigart
>I have a rule for all my horses (especially the stallions) about their
stalls. >And that is...their stall is their space and they are allowed
to do whatever >they want as long as they aren't doing something self
destrictive or >destructive to the facilities. However, the addendum to
this rule is that their >stall ceases to be their space, the instant a
person steps into it. I do not >want them to become terratorial about their space when I come in to, say, >clean, for example. They can rear
up, buck, snort, kick, etc. to their hearts' >content as long as I am
not in there with them. The instant I come through >the gate or through
the rails, the standard code of expected behaviour >hanges.
>With regards to food. My horses are not allowed to be terratorial about
their >food...EVER. Like kindergardeners, they must learn to share (with
the caveat >that what they do when I am not around is their business).
>I personally am of the opinion that "sacking out" is a great exercise to
do >while they are eating. I also find that it is a better exercise to
do when they >are free to get away and yet choose not to, rather than restraining them in >their terror. This is, after all, what you want them to do out on the trail.