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    11-26-2010, 04:11 PM
  #1
Foal
Can cribbing kill?

I have no experience with horses than cribs, but one of my grandmother's horses it seems is literally killing himself. I mean when they got him he was sold along with his little brother (2 and 1 year old). By the time they were 3 and 4 little brother was almost a hand taller and filled out beautifully. And the cribber Bart is his barn name, was barely reaching 13.2hh (his parents are 14.2 hh and 15hh, and skinny. I just say him again (5 years old) and I was in shocked there was nothing there, bones every where and he had ate his stall (this are the same people that just made a brand new barn), and than he ate some else stall! He can't be trusted with other horses because he goes into a frenzy with flying hooves and teeth. Not only that but he has become spooky as ever, tense, and doesn't learn well, like it took 4 months to except a saddle and a rider let alone anything else. They give him sweet feed to gain weight, but he making everything worst (the owner is clueless when I comes to horses and weight), he stands there and sweats.

Keep in the mind he cribs none stop and ates wood at all times. Is it possible he could kill himself? Because it sure seems like he is doing a good job of it. Is there is anything that can help him? Nothing that tastes bad works.
     
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    11-26-2010, 05:11 PM
  #2
Green Broke
He sounds majorly stressed! That's why horses crib. And yes I think it can kill a horse. When the horse cribs he is also swallowing air and wood and raises the risk of colic a lot! And I wouldn't feed sweet feed, It's junk food for horses..
     
    11-26-2010, 05:53 PM
  #3
Foal
I didn't know that. It is scary to think, as he use to be a beautiful horse but now he is a mess. Are the other physical and mental problems caused by the cribbing too?
     
    11-26-2010, 06:29 PM
  #4
Weanling
Stay calm. I know many horses who crib. Two of which who are in their 30's and health as could be. Some say it can increase chances of colic but a solid connection between the two has not been proven yet, and but they can get slivers in their gums which you just have to check for often. I have a very mild cribber. I slap a special cribbing collar on him when he's in his stall overnight and that has completely stopped the problem.

The guy you described sounds very stressed, and is really bad case. Probally needs medical or behavior help in a bad way. Maybe a responsible trainer who really knows their stuff even.

But as for the cribbing you can use a cribbing collar, use special sprays that make the wood taste nasty, use supplements that help stop the urge to crib. There are plenty of options.
     
    11-26-2010, 06:35 PM
  #5
Foal
Okay, that's a little better to know. Unforturely though his trainer is a nut job in more than one way and is only worried about being able to use him for lessons at least 10 hours a week. I don't get a long with their barn but their family so I was thinking once I got my place up and running next summer I would offer to give him a break. Open 5 acre pasture with my mare next door. Do you think that would help with the stress, a break from everything and just being a horse?

BTW the collar doesn't work on him, neither does the nasty stuff (I nearly puked when I smelled some of it). The owner is clueless to horse health (he wouldn't listen to me becasue I am 18), and cheap in a weird way. Will buy a new barn but won't fix the fence way.
     
    11-26-2010, 06:53 PM
  #6
Weanling
A break in the pasture would most likely do him some good. Let him just get out there and be a horse. But he'd slowly have to be introduced to it. Especially if he hasn't been turned out on grass in a while, and is skinny. Start with shorter amounts of time and work up to the point he can safely stay outside for however long you want. You'd probably want to make sure he knows the fence line too before you just turn him loose, just for safety's sake.


Sucks about his trainer and that the collar and stuff doesn't work on him. That kinda only leaves the supplement which is rather pricey. You sound far more knowledgeable than the owner to me. It's hard being young, I'm only 15. But I've grown up on horses, and ride on a state competitive team that has won all our competitions this year, and I won top idividual rider, so I do manage to get some respect from older riders and owners.
     
    11-26-2010, 06:55 PM
  #7
Yearling
It wears their teeth down and keeps them from chewing their food properly. Especially sweet feed.. so he has a rather high chance of colicking.

They make muzzles to let them eat and drink, but not crib.. feed bags can work, too.
     
    11-26-2010, 07:02 PM
  #8
Weanling
Only problem I have with the muzzle is I've seen a horse get it stuck on something in their stall and go into panic mode. Almost ended up hurting itself if it hadn't been for the stable hand going in the stall and getting it off before serious damage was done.
     
    11-26-2010, 07:08 PM
  #9
Yearling
Really? The ones I've seen are fairly weak.. felt like they'd bend and snap if anything got caught. They make cloth ones-- like grazing muzzles, almost, as well as metal ones.
     
    11-26-2010, 07:10 PM
  #10
Weanling
Yeah, there are ones that snap fairly easily, but the one this horse was wearing unfortunately didn't break away and caused an issue. You just have to be careful what material it's made from. Some of them say to only use them with a breakaway halter.

http://www.doversaddlery.com/product...9&zmap=X1-1743

"Attaches to your breakaway halter."
     

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