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post #11 of 17 Old 01-07-2013, 10:57 PM
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You know what i was just thinking?....
Whomever it is that finds the "Cure" for cribbing, and I mean a REAL cure, is going to be so darn rich!
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post #12 of 17 Old 01-08-2013, 11:02 AM
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My new mare, that I've had only for 3 weeks now, OTTTB, 7 yrs old. Rescue, so she's pretty skinny, is cribbing all the time. she's on free choice pasture to eat. Even when I feed them, she'll take a bite, crib, take a bite, crib. When she'll trailer properly (too an act of God to get her in the trailer), I'll take her to the vet, so I'm looking for remedy's also. She'll walk across the pasture to the fence to crib. No wood to chew, it's all metal. Thanks for all ya'lls advice.
Have you scoped for ulcers? OTTBs have an extremely high rate of ulcers, and there seems to be a genetic predisposition as well that is more prevalent in TBs than other breeds.

Cribbing so much, particulalry while eating, is a pretty good sign that something is not quite right. Unfortunately ulcers are very expensive to treat and can reoccur if management practices aren't changed. It's very challenging to do so with a hard keeper in particular because large and/or infrequent meals are very hard on the digestive tract but may be required to keep weight on.
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post #13 of 17 Old 01-08-2013, 03:03 PM
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No scope yet. I've got to get where I can load her without a fight first. According to the Jockey club, she's had 4 races (didn't place) you think she would be use to trailering. Or maybe it's my 2 horse trailer. she wouldn't get in a stock trailer either, but that may have been, she's so tall, she kept bumping her head on the roof. but, as soon as i can get her to load without a hassle. She's going to the vet. I brought her shots home to her.
Thanks for the advise.
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post #14 of 17 Old 01-08-2013, 03:40 PM
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One of my horses when I first got him was a terrible cribber- He came from a big show barn with very little turn out. He would destroy his water buckets by cribbing on them (and drench himself in the process, which was a problem in the winter!). He was constantly cribbing. No cribbing collar seemed to really do the trick, and after coming to the barn to find his neck and head all swollen from the collar being tightened too much by a frustrated barn owner, I was hesitant to ever put another on him!

He never completely stopped, but he did stop doing it so frequently when we changed his routine. He went from being out by himself for 12 hours to going out with a herd on grass, which helped with the boredom issue. We removed as many possible cribbing possibilities from his life as possible- hot wire across wood in the turn out, feeding in a rubber pan on the floor vs a bucket, changing from water buckets to a lower water trough in his stall (the angle wasn't right for him to crib as he was 17.2 hands lol). Even though he came up a negative when scoped for ulcers, we did end up feeding U-guard as a precaution since he was cribbing SO much, and it did seem to help! Towards the end before I sold him it seemed like he was cribbing less and less, and then only at feeding time, where before it had been nearly 24/7.

Best of luck! Hopefully this is just in the beginning stages and you can nip it in the bud with a cribbing collar! Just be careful that it doesn't get too tight- I ended up vet wrapping over all of the holes above a certain point so that it COULDN'T be tightened past that point (helpful if you are in a boarding situation with fluctuating barn help)

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post #15 of 17 Old 01-08-2013, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks saddle. They're at our house, so I'm out there all the time to adjust things as needed. Right now I have it a tad loose (I'd rather it need to be tightened than be too tight) but I haven't seen him crib with it on. He chewed once but as soon as he realized he couldn't crib he stopped. The lower buckets/trough is a great idea though. If I ever notice him start with the collar on I'll try that as he's 16.1 but seems to have trouble getting at anything low. Never would have thought of that!
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post #16 of 17 Old 01-08-2013, 05:15 PM
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I also came across this device a little while back. UC Davis did a small study with it that showed a decrease in the amount of cribbing done, but it wasn't clear to me how often you had to use it and just how much the cribbing was decreased.

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I thought it was pretty interesting and would be worth saving up for if it would decrease the cribbing enough that my horse wouldn't get gassy and ruin his teeth. If I knew a vet that had one I'd give it a try
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post #17 of 17 Old 01-16-2013, 09:59 PM
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I have a mare that is a windsucker(form of cribbing). We have done everything we can to get her to stop. She does have ulcers and they are being treated. She gets free choice hay but still windsucks everywhere and anywhere. She is a hard keeper and has worn off her front teeth doing this. My vet says that we could try the surgery but it probably won't work. We had the Miracle Collar on her and she almost tore off her ear trying to get it off. A word of advice if you do try the Miracle Collar keep a close eye on it.
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