Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Illinois www.saddleonline.com
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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