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post #1 of 15 Old 01-29-2010, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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My stall chewing horse!

I purchased a former race horse who loves to chew her stall when she is bored. She is outside for most of the day but in the barn from 5:30 at night to 830 in the morning. Times do vary but for the most part she is outside. I have sought the advise of numerous sources and am not convinced it is cribbing but rather boredom. She is on a recommend food with fibre. Yesterday I put out some free-feed minerals for her stall and then liberally applied vaseline with cayenne pepper in it. I even tasted it just to make sure it packed a punch. It did. This morning when she was fed and let out, we discovered that she now has vaseline, etc on her coat. Is this going to be a daily event or is she eventually going to clue in?
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post #2 of 15 Old 01-29-2010, 12:09 PM
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Former racers are known for ulcer issues. How long have you had her?
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post #3 of 15 Old 01-29-2010, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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A week yesterday.
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I dont think she actually raced but rather used a pace horse and simply didn't get it. She is young and lean.
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post #5 of 15 Old 01-29-2010, 01:13 PM
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Try online to find some things you can give her to help cure boredom.
I know someone on the forum here had an old milkjug they hung up and put treats in it.

There must definitely be a way to have her get rid of the boredom :)
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I would look into the ulcer thing.

She will never learn to not get slimy stuff you put on the walls on her hair. I doubt they would associate the two things.

And some horses just chew.

Mine has 24/7 access to pasture and hay available most of the time but she still thinks it is a good 'ol time to chew on the walls of her stall and the fence.
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post #7 of 15 Old 01-29-2010, 02:35 PM
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here is some ideas as my horse chews too :)
a crib collar

^ doesnt always work, horses can find their way round anything.

Cribbing and chewing is different though, is your horse just chewing or is it wind sucking as it bites? if so then the collar.

if not then cribox (or an equivalent)

a paint that doesnt taste or smell very nice, this works and lasts for ages! its also not sticky and is hard to get off.

we also have metal capping on the stable door to stop him damaging the wood and we are considering putting it all around the sides of the door frame too.

Keep your feet on the ground when your head's in the clouds.

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post #8 of 15 Old 01-29-2010, 03:11 PM
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If the horse is actually chewing the wood, give them some Quitt.
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post #9 of 15 Old 01-29-2010, 04:05 PM
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dont you need to keep giving quitt forever though?
she might get over it, she might never get over it.
i like the idea of those metal pieces on the door, but if its cribbing the metal can wear down their teeth even quicker.

my advice: dont stall her
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post #10 of 15 Old 01-29-2010, 04:09 PM
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Check the ulcer thing and stop stalling her. Even if she wasn't actually raced more than likely she was still managed in the same high stress manner that causes horses to develop ulcers.

If you do all that and she still chews she might just be a chewer. Soda likes to chew on random things. He isn't destructive or a cribber, he's just really mouthy.
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