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post #1 of 51 Old 09-21-2010, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Attitudes towards cribbing

hey guys,

Im doing a degree in Equine science and was wondering if you could help me out.

i am looking into owners/breeders and trainers attitudes towards horses that crib bite, especially within performance horses and wether this behavioural trait would influence a sale.

Any of your thoughts or comments on cribbing would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 51 Old 09-21-2010, 09:11 AM
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I dont think it affects performance, but it WILL affect a sale. I know a lot of people that wont even consider a cribber.
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I dont think it affects performance, but it WILL affect a sale. I know a lot of people that wont even consider a cribber.
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Research suggests that it encourages wrong muscle development within the neck, affecting the way in which the horse uses itself.

Would you consider a cribber? and what would be your reasoning behind it?
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I have seen many-a fancy high level hunter horse who cribs. It does not affect their performance at all.

I would prefer to not own a cribber.
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Personally I'd stay away. My neighbor owns one, OTTB (he came to her free and IS a nice horse other than cribbing), and all boards in stall and front rails on fence are chewed off. Even the collar doesn't seem to help much.
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post #7 of 51 Old 09-21-2010, 09:51 AM
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Personally I'd stay away. My neighbor owns one, OTTB (he came to her free and IS a nice horse other than cribbing), and all boards in stall and front rails on fence are chewed off. Even the collar doesn't seem to help much.
Paint the wood with old grease. I forgot what kind to use but I can find out and it does work. Cribbing and wood chewing is not the same. Chewers chew and cribbers grab hold of the object to suck air.
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Research suggests that it encourages wrong muscle development within the neck, affecting the way in which the horse uses itself.
Research suggests? Are you researching on paper or looking at actual real situations?
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Cribbing doesn't bother me at all. I've ridden horses who cribbed and there are horses at the barn I board at who crib and it doesn't phase me. I would buy a cribber, I would own a cribber - so long as it was a horse that was compatable with me and can do the job I want the horse to beable to do.

I have always wondered why they do it, I was told that it is a "high" to them, like a "drug" but I don't know the details or the indepth reasonings behind it.

There are many top competative mounts who are cribbers, and the addiction has never hindered the horses performances. Look at Ian Millar's mount Big Ben *R.I.P* he was a cribber, but he won many, many, many comps for Ian and carried him to the Olympics many times.

I believe that Cribbers need more "special care" though. Aren't they more prone to colic and other medical issues? Teeth, digestive etc, etc?

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While I don't believe cribbing affects a horses performance, it does make many people leary. It certainly lowers value to an extent. I would have no problem owning a cribber but I bet my barn owner would!
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