Hard on stall – hard on horse. We’ve all walked into a stall where a weaver has lived. There is nothing even about the ground where this horse has been. The craters on either side of the opening are usually just deep enough to roll an ankle. Even worse is the condition that the horse could potentially be in from the constant shifting of weight. The real cause of this could come from captivity issues, anxiety, and even boredom. Again we could take a look at the behavior of the wild horse who used the shifting of weight to display dominance when in the herd, or as a flight response when being confined by a predator. Fast forward to today’s domesticated horse and take this display of the same motion in a concentrated area such as a stall. The rocking motion mimics that of the wild horse, only on a much smaller stationary scale. Both anxiety and instinct could be the root of this behavior. A horse who is bored might find this option before he figures out cribbing. Some solutions to boredom may include increasing availability of forage or increasing turnout time. Finding the real cause of this behavior will help save not only your stall, but your horse’s foundation too.