Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Eastern Virginia
Some Cribbers do it out of habit, some do it because they have ulcers, Or like my mare, it's an addiction.
Have a vet look for ulcers, and get a crib collar. Some brands of Crib Collars don't work so your going to have to ask around. If the horse does have ulcers my vet told me Alfalfa hay can help as well as an ulcer supplement. If you don't want to call a vet, get the crib collar and watch him. If he gains weight without trouble then drastically drops it he could defiantly have ulcers. If not its a habit out of boredom that probably started on the track.
There is a spray, No Chew type of thing, that you can spray on the wooden surfaces but you'll need to do it often specially if there is a lot of rain. Some horses it works with, some it doesn't.
Another thing is, if its your property a string of lightly electrified wire along the top can help lower the amount of places for them to crib on.
Basically from what I learned from my vet, Cribbing makes them "high" so the more they do it the more of an addiction they can get. I've used the no cribbing/chew sprays with my mare, the crib collar they didn't work but she's a mild cribber, only doing it when she's stressed or extremely bored.
In short my advice is, get a vet to check for ulcers and invest in a crib collar that best works for your horse. Other then that its all you can do till you know what causes him to crib.
The miracle collar doesn't really work, my horse, she cribs even with that on and the old TB mare she's pastured with cribs and has the same brand of collar on. I've been told before they really don't work. But dumby me it was cheap and I bought it.
Stress and boredom is usually what causes it. So being in a new place and not having much to do is probably why he is cribbing. Also if he's that mild of a cribber its possible they didn't notice it. My mare was sold to me and the old owner said "Oh she doesn't crib" but like yours when I brought her home, she cribbed a bit, then would eat, crib a bit then eat. She doesn't do it how ever when she has some sweet feed in her diet. I guess it gives her the "energy" that's similar to what she gets from cribbing.
This is what I learned from my vet and personal experience so yours is most likely different in many factors.
Hope it helps ^^
Last edited by TruCharm; 12-26-2012 at 05:53 PM.