stall walking/weaving (recommend a sedative?)
I'm looking for a way to get my 13 year old paint gelding to settle down in the stall and relax. He's never been so bad about this until this winter and we moved to this barn in October. We had him in the stall closest to the front of the barn. Even while they were on 24/7 turn out and just coming in to eat he would circle in his stall until he was dripping sweat, refusing to eat and destroying any bedding in there. I had to strip it daily and it was just terrible. He also has shivers, and the stress of being all worked up and pacing makes it way worse. A bunch of trial and error since then and I now have him acting basically normal. We treated for ulcers, he always has grass hay in front of him and he's in a turn out group he's happier with. The biggest improvement came though when we moved him to a stall in the back of the barn. Its quieter and he doesnt get worked up seeing all the comings and goings. He's eating free choice grass hay in a slow feed net, about a 5lb flake of alfalfa in his stall at night, with 2lbs soaked alfalfa cubes at night and 6lbs of Triple Crown senior split in two feedings a day.His wieght is finally looking good, as throughout this whole thing he became a hard keeper. Right now they are on full day turn out and in at night. It usually works out that I am just getting to the barn from work when they are coming in for the night and I make sure he gets some sort of exercise, either hand walking or lunging before he has to go in for the night. The problem now is if there is any change to the routine he starts up with the stall walking/weaving again. I dont want him to start up this habit again, its hard on his legs, the stress is likely to give him an ulcer again and I have a hard enough time keeping weight on him. Like today they are staying in because the weather is bad. All the horses are in and he has a stall guard up so he can stick his head out and see everyone. They all rotate getting a couple hours out in the indoor when the weather is too bad. I just need something to keep him calm now on the days they dont get out, like if we have a big storm or ice or something. I've tried several calming supplements with no results. He just gets mean on ace, and I dont think it last long enough to be useful in this situation. But at the same time I dont need anything too long lasting, since he'll be turned out with his buddies the next day. Apologies if this didn't all make sense, I'm at work and got interrupted a few times.