Is your barn peaceful and quiet when the horses are in? What about at feed time? Filled with the rythmic "crunch, crunch" of happy horses eating their hay?
Or is your peace and quiet interrupted by the "Bang, BanG, BANG!!" of someone kicking their stall wall or pawing their stall door?
Stall kicking is, without a doubt, disruptive and annoying. It is also dangerous and potentially costly - to the barn, to your horse's soundness, and to your pocketbook.
Stall kicking often leads to generalized lameness. It can also result in concussion injuries of the hoof, bones, joints, connective and soft tissues that interfere with your training schedule and add expenses to your vet and farrier budget.
Dr. Susan Armstrong, DVM advises:
"Owners or trainers of horses with habits such as stall kicking and door pawing should be aware that they are not benign behaviors and can cause severe injury to equine limbs and hooves. Although these habits and the resulting injuries are rarely studied or widely reported, owners and trainers should take the possible consequences of door kicking and pawing seriously and endeavor to prevent such behavior."
Prior to the invention of QuitKick, a stall kicking habit was not "curable" without intensive one-on-one training. QuitKick trains your horse better and faster than any human interaction can, for two reasons:
1. QuitKick produces an immediate, 100% consistent response to the horse's kicking behavior.
2. The horse learns not to kick independent of whether people are in the barn.
Here's how it works, in a nutshell:
You install the QuitKick unit, then bring your horse into the stall.
When the horse kicks, the QuitKick units "feels" the vibration and immediately responds with two sprays of water toward the horse. If the horse kicks again, the QuitKick unit sprays again. Instantly. Every time. Even the best trainer isn't capable of a responding as immediately as a QuitKick. The result is, the horse quickly learns that its own kicking behavior is causing the spraying, and it stops - typically within hours. (This will, of course, vary from horse to horse. Some very clever equines will test the system for a while longer, but in general, their kicking will be more tentative and less damaging. Within a couple of days, even this will stop.)
Once you have installed a QuitKick system, you are free to leave the premises, comfortable in the knowledge that, when you return, the barn will still be standing, your friends at the barn will still be your friends, and your horse will be as sound as when you left. Imagine that.