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  • Cribbing thoroughbreds and weight
  • Keeping weight on my cribbing horses

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    11-06-2011, 06:13 PM

Another issue with the quarter horse!

He's been cribbing all his life, and nothing stops him.
•Collars - weaken the crib, but he still does it.
•24/7 Turnout - cribs on trees, fences, anything.
•Spray - who are we kidding? Does nothing.
•Muzzles - cribs through the muzzle.
•Surgery - definitely cannot afford it.

I put the collar back on but I noticed his front teeth are extremely worn down, only about a centimeter of tooth left. He has no trouble eating or grazing, however and isn't losing weight (in fact, I think he's gaining).
How bad of an issue is it if a horse barely has two of their upper front teeth?
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    11-06-2011, 06:22 PM
Not sure the answer to this. I have a TB that cribs and I just allow him to he dose not lose weight like some of them and I have mad my pasture wear he can only crib on the concreted gait posts.
Well my sister in law put jumps in but that is her problem if he cribs on them not mine. His teeth are not worn down so maybe he dose not do it as much as yours. I am interested in the responses to this.
    11-06-2011, 06:57 PM
My horse cribs too, has done it for 10years or more before I got him judging by his teeth! Electric fencing is the best option in my opinion, sprays & pastes washed off & he only cribbed more with the blinking collar on

My boy does struggle to keep weight on, but he's a full thoroughbred so they can be hard to keep anyway
    11-06-2011, 08:42 PM
EDIT - woops, never mind your ruled out my suggestion in your original post.

cribbing, windsucking

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