Are door bars/grids cruel?

SNORKEY

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Hi relating to my earlier post, im having to keep my nutty lame horse in his stable, and im worried he'l jump out, i was going to go and buy and anti weave bar but they are £50, and my mother has a door grid I can use instead, but this means he cant even put him head over the door, does anyone think this is a bit cruel? he'l be on his own all day in the yard with no view of the horses, I havn't had the chance to ask if anyone will bring their horse in with him yet. , to keep him company, im hoping he's feeling too lame to try and jump out.
 

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personally no not cruel- he needs it for safety....he presumably will still be able to see out of his stable thru the grill and will have hay and water so he'll be fine!
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I'm about to buy one after my mare jumped out of the field shelter and tore her stomach open.

Believe me, a door grill will be fine!!
 

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My horse jumped stable door but because of low ceiling height the other side he got stuck on top of the door and had to be pulled off :-(((
I went out and swiftly purchased an anti-weave grill and he has never done it again. He doesn't weave so no issue about 'not allowing' stereotypical behaviour.
If your horse may jump out then I agree a full grill is fine. You need to protect the physical welfare of your horse. I wouldn't otherwise want my horse to have one unless there is a particular reason, because I do think it is nice for him to have a view.
I know that WRT weavers (which I presume your horse is not) there is some debate over whether to use anti-weave grills.
Is he likely to box walk being alone and fully enclosed? Maybe watch as that may exacerbate lameness.
 

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we put a full grill on one of our stable doors after a foal we bought jumped out the first night he was in.

he had it for about 3 months until we were sure he wouldn't do it again and i still have it in case he gets excited by anything and then i can just attach it straight away.
 

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If you have no other option then put it up but if your horse does not like stables prepare for tantrums - I tried this on mine and after an hour and a half of rearing and bashing the grill with his hooves the YO decided it was safer for him to go back out.

Moved to a different yard and much large stable and although he lives out occasionally he comes in for an hour or so and no jumping out or tantrums so perhaps a bigger stable if there is one on the yard might help.
 

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Always start of with new horse with weaving grill as had a horse many years ago try to jump the door and failed then had to have months in the box to heal what a mess.

If I had to do it again I would try and find a friend for him and also think about a mirror. I was just thinking as typing something else that might help would be a gap in the wall between stables (air bricks may be) so the horse could sniff and smell another horse. What about a lamintic pony to keep him company? In a very large box. Good luck
 

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can i also suggest a full grill

my warm blood thinks anti weave grills are a good toy . you can either rock them backwards and forwards until they get bent. otherwise try to lift them out with gob

he doesn't weave ,it was just a livery yard rule until several other non weavers also trashed their grills

given your horse is actually going to have an excuse for boredom, it probably is inviting mischief potential
 
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