Horses Stereotypic Behavior And Vices

Hello! Are you interested in horses bad behavior?

Horses stereotypic behavior and vices can be dangerous for anyone or any animal that is in the way when the horse reacts with bad behavior.

Do you know what is the difference between horses stereotypic behavior and vices?

Can the behavior and vices be corrected? Yes and No!

Horses stereotypic behavior and vices are issues that all horses have.
Yes some of them can be corrected.
No some cannot be corrected.

Correcting Your Horses Issues:

The problem with serious horse issues is that it costs a lot of money to hire a professional unless you or someone in your family can help you.

Many owners don’t know how to handle their horse’s issues that can be corrected. Instead, the horse gets mistreated by the owner. Or they sell them with a bad reputation. It’s so sad to see this happen.

Below is a list and definition of horses stereotypic behavior and vices.

Stereotypic behavior :
 Horses behavior, will a lot of times develop installs or barns over a period, most of the time caused by boredom and not enough exercise.

Cribbing or wind-sucking:
Clamping their teeth down on an object and sucking in air.

Wood chewing: 
Chewing on wood  (caused by boredom or lack of forage in diet). So pay attention to your horse, wood chewing is more natural than you might think.

But he might be lacking in his diet.
Not all the time created in the stall. (Not the same as cribbing).

Shifting weight or swaying on front legs from side to side repeatedly.

Stall walking or box walking:
A horse is repetitively walkinaround in circles in their stall. You can hang something up for them to play with to occupy them.

Biting or nipping at their flanks (front of their back leg).
Chest or front legs.

Can be from flies or insects biting them or if they colic.

Wall kicking:
Kicking the walls in their stall.
Horses will kick the walls at feeding time because they are very impatient and when they are mad.

Horses will paw at the ground (digging holes)with their front hoof when they are getting ready to lay down,
or when the owner has them stand still for a while in one spot.

Vices :
Refers to a horse with bad behavior or a horse who misbehaves.
That can make them very dangerous and unpredictable.

Untrained or unruly horses will buck and kick their feet up in the air.horses stereotypic behavior and vices Do Not let the horse get away with this at all. Because If you do.

Then every time you climb on that horse, Your horse will buck you off the saddle.

If a trained horse starts bucking, check all the tack equipment to make sure nothing interfering and uncomfortable for the horse.

A horse that rears is one of the most dangerous habits for a horse to have, whether you are riding your horse or standing beside him on the ground.

If a horse rears often or starts for no reason that you know of then takes steps to try and stop it from happening before anyone gets hurt.

First of all, make sure all tack is fitting correctly (especially the bit) if that doesn’t fix it.
Call a professional that works on horse dental or a vet that can do it.
The reason for this is to make sure your horse is not having any pain from his teeth.

If those two issues don’t solve the rearing problem, then have a professional trainer or handler work with your horse in overcoming the problem.

Kicking can be a natural response from any horse that is experiencing pain or put in a fearful situation.

Often a problem in young horses, correct them while they are young because this is also a dangerous habit if ignored by the owner and allows it to continue.

Biting or nipping:
Any horse can bite or nip at you.

Biting or nipping is also common in young horses, again correct the problem while they are young carry a crop and “pop” them on the chest when the habit occurs.

Do not hit their face, because it can lead to head shyness.

There is another way to correct a biting horse, by pinching their top lip with your hand when they reach to bite you. No, it’s not cruel. Believe me; you don’t want your horse’s teeth to be attached to you. So, therefore, find a way to prevent it.

Biting and nipping are also common in stallions, be sure to correct them right away and everytime you see them, so you can try to keep yourself or some else from getting bit.

All other horses may bite or nip if being feed treats out of your hand. Be sure to limit the amount of hand feeding if this becomes an issue.

Striking out with their front legs occurs when new horses meet each other for the first time and determine who is going to rule the other one, or a stallion teases a mare.


Horses will react this way in a  trapped fearful situation. They will sometimes strike out at dogs too if the dogs are barking or running the horse.

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Thank You for reading Horses Stereotypic Behavior And Vices.
I do hope you return to learn more about horses.    Michelle

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2 thoughts on “Horses Stereotypic Behavior And Vices”

  1. Hi Michelle

    Hope all is well

    This is a very interesting post regarding information on horses..My friend owned a horse and it was a very nice horse and he mentioned that he took the horse out regularly.. But in the second month the horse decided to go lay down on its back and roll around and the horse died…People at the Stables say that the horses intestines got twisted and that caused him to die. We were young at the time so we just believed it.

    Does it have truth to it ?

    i have seen horses roll in the dirt and they lived..


    Have a nice day

    from Jaco

  2. Hi Jaco

    Nice to meet you. The answer to your question is: yes.
    What they had described at the stables is called: colic.
    There are several different types of colic. Some Mild and the horse is ok. Some worse like the colic your friends horse had, but the death of his horse may have been prevented if someone would have done something.
    What I mean by that is: They will show signs that they are colicy.
    Signs are: the horse will hang his head and not move. (looks miserable), his ears are droopy, and he will look at his belly, he will paw at the ground, and he will lay down a little and get back up and do it again before actually laying down and rolls and keep rolling over and over.

    If you see these signs: right away you get the horse and make him stand and walk him. It could take a half hour to three hours. Depending on the horse. YES i have done it. late at night. Not fun. The horse does survive and get better.

    It sounds like his horse got too much to eat, like green grass or if the horse got into grain and ate too much. Or even bad hay. It could have been a lot of reasons.

    What happens is the horse gets a bad cramping gut ache.
    Kind of like us when we get gut aches and everything inside feels tight.
    It’s the same thing for a horse, so all they know to do is lay down and role the pain away, but their intestines are not normal while they are in gain and it causes their intestines to move and they can twist and not go back in place.

    A normal role for a horse is: they will paw at the ground and sometimes go in circles. They will lay with their head up and then they will lay the rest of the way down and role up and kick theirs leggs up and scratch their back. Then they will set up and then stand back up.

    Sometimes on a nice warm day they will lay down flat to absorb the sun, but they don’t stay there that long and they are back up.

    Thank You for the interest in my post

    Sorry for the long answer. lol.

    You have a good day

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