Question: How do I Cope with a Weaver
Weaving are triggered by stress, so it is important to determine what the stressors are and remove them. Most horses do not weave outdoors, but some may become fence walkers while outdoors, especially in a small paddock where they may be separated from herd members or food. Try any combination of the following:
- Increase pasture time; if possible, to all the time.
- Provide a buddy. Horses are herd animals by instinct and feel safer in groups. Try providing another horse, pony, donkey, or goat for company.
- Place an unbreakable mirror within the horse’s view.
- Provide lots of fodder so the horse does not get stressed about lack of food.
- Play a radio with the volume just loud enough to be heard, so the stable is not silent.
- Calming herbs.
- Aromatherapy and flower essences.
- Some drugs have proven successful in curing stable vices like cribbing and weaving but their cost remains prohibitive and the long term effects are not known.