Weaving, Digging and Pacing Copy
These habits (like cribbing) tend to happen when horses are confined and bored, especially if they’re also high-strung or nervous horses. Digging in the stall or at gates…can be an indication of boredom, agitation, ulcers or digestive upset or nutritional deficiency. Pacing involves following a track around the stall or paddock incessantly and is usually due to boredom, anxiety or a neurological source. Weaving is (usually) when a stabled horse stands and sways back and forth, swinging his head and neck and shifting weight from foot to the other. All of these habits contribute significantly to chronic tension patterns which eventually affect the entire body. This group of habits can be controlled by varying degrees by providing sufficient turnout and activity for the horse.