Help! New mare kicking door down!
I'm cross-posting again from Horse Care, because y'all actually answer--plus, the mare is an eventer--willful, bold, takes matters unto herself.
my barn has dutch doors that open onto the pasture, as well as regular doors opening onto the aisle. The dutch doors fasten with a bolt as well as double-end snaps onto eyebolts (because Gully used to open the bolts with his teeth.) My new mare, a 5 yo 1/4 draft, doesn't like being put up in a stall. First she was simply leaning onto the door until the eyebolts gave (the regular bolt on her stall doesn't fasten very well, and it tends to be just fastened). Now that I've fixed the eyebolts, she's resorted to kicking the door until the double-end snaps break.
Obviously I need to fix the bolt, but I'm afraid that now that she's learned the kicking habit she's going to keep at it. Suggestions?
Let me add that she's rarely kept in the stall--only twice overnight so far, and one of those times she broke out. But last night I was working with my daughter's horse, and she kicked herself loose because she wanted to be with me.