My 10 year old mare Ebony is very moody. She paws in her stall, chews on the wood, and makes noise so much it disturbs our neighboors. They are getting very angry. This happened yesterday right after our young foal Thanksgiving had died. Her foal is fine. She hasn't been eating and a vet checked her, but no problem. And she's been laying down alot, but she always get back up on her feet. She never acts like this. Is this a medical problem?
She may be depressed, or mourning the loss of the foal. Try to see if some activity will help. there are balls and stuff you can hang in the stall. She also may not understand why the other foal is gone, and worried about her own.
I would get her a general check up from the vet just in case there is something going on. Otherwise try a cribbing collar and try to entertain her. Even if it means leaving her outside longer then normal.
I'd put this horse in a large pasture..She's bored. Horses weren't meant to live in stalls. Some can and do fine, some can't. Not fair to the horse to be confined, even if she chooses the stall...what other choice does she have? And by big pasture I mean at least 50 acres.
do you have another horse that she is attached to? one that leaves her sight? i was at a 4H state horse show and 3 other people came with thier horses. mine would pace like crazy (digging huge holes) when the horse right across from him left. and the horse across from him would kick the walls of the stall and she would get so loud i oculd hear her in the ring while i was in fitting and show