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        02-02-2010, 02:23 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Spring has stopped chewing her stall. She has now moved to the outside lean-to. I coated parts of her stall in vaseline and cayenne. She has vaseline in her coat now- looks lovely! Any ideas how to get that out in the middle of winter???
         
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        02-02-2010, 04:16 PM
      #12
    Foal
    My horse chews, as well, and I think it's just boredom! You can try as many things as you want, but, ultimately, it's probably just a boredom thing. My horse is also a previous race horse and I think it's just her antsy personality that makes her want to constantly be doing something.

    You can try finding her some toys to play with (milk jug with treats, a ball, etc). But, sometimes it just can't be cured!
         
        02-02-2010, 04:29 PM
      #13
    Guest
    Presumably she is chewing the stable door.
    We call it crib biting.
    The risk is that she gets a wood splinter in the gums

    We fix a strip of aluminium along the top of the bottom door - but the strip needs to be fitted carefully so that the nails or screws do not protrude.

    An alternative is to fit a set of bars in place of the top door - it has a cut out for the horse to poke his head and neck out into the aisle.
    The set of bars swing open to allow the horse access and exit

    It is also useful for weavers

    Make a point of the horse regularly seeing a dentist.

    B G
         
        02-02-2010, 04:34 PM
      #14
    Foal
    It is a challenge to find things for a horse to do in the dead of winter. Any suggestions>>she was pace racing until the week I got her - so I think she is having a bit of a time adjusting to not racing or being on the track.
         
        02-03-2010, 08:51 AM
      #15
    Banned
    Food is your friend.

    Free choice hay can fix a lot. If she is a hoover and eats her hay too quickly put her hay in a small hole hay bag or a nibble net. This will slow her down and keep her busy much longer, so not bored.
         

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