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Does your horse paw its stall door, kick the the stall wall, or crib? If so, chances are good that it will result in extra costs for you and injuries for your horse.

In November 2010, QuitKick undertook the largest stall behavior survey ever done in the USA. We asked over 6,000 boarding facilities to tell us about the habits of their stalled horses; you might be surprised to find just how widespread pawing, kicking and cribbing are, and what they cost owners.

More than 75% of facilities surveyed reported having horses with at least one of these bad habits

   55% reported having horses that paw their doors

   45% reported having horses that kick the stall walls

   45% of facilities have horses that crib


Over 50% of facilities reported they have incurred costs (either injured horses or damaged stalls) as a result of bad stall behavior.  In some cases, this included fatal injury!


Equine veterinarians tell us that these undesirable habits should not be ignored. Good horsemanship demands that you first investigate if there is a physical cause for your horse's behavior; ulcers, skin irritations, tumors, colic, kidney stones, absesses and musculo-skeletal pain are just a few possible examples of ailments that can motivate stall kicking. After physical issues have been addressed, however, many horses retain their behavioral habits and the stall kicking continues.  Unless, of course, you install a QuitKick.



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