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    11-09-2008, 11:33 PM

The horse that I posted about in my other post has decided to start to eat wood now. He just chips it away on the boards on the fence, he is already through 1 1x6, so we'll see how many more he rips apart. Is there something I could put on the wood to detier his cribbing? He has a pony in with him and lots of food, I don't want to work him as he is underweight already. Any suggestions would be appreciated...
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    11-09-2008, 11:36 PM
Really there's nothing you can do to stop him from cribbing if you use wood fences. The best way to stop is to eliminate ANY possible place for him to do it. Metal, wood, etc. This would mean using electric fencing instead.

Are you graining him? I've read that grain actually increases the cribbing...but not sure how true that is
    11-09-2008, 11:42 PM
Yes he gets a horse feed because he has been starved and needs the fat and calories to put on weight.
    11-10-2008, 01:14 AM
Instead of trying to figure out how to stop him, figure out why he does it. Is he bored? (turn him out) Is he lacking nutrients? (reevaluate your feeding program) Is he mimicking another horse? (move one of the horses) Is he in pain? (thoroughly check him over)

Until then... rub a bar of soap (like Ivory or something) or a hot spice over the wood he is chewing.
    11-10-2008, 10:15 AM
Green Broke
Is he chewing/eating the wood or is he cribbing? Cribbing is when when they take a hold of something with their mouth and then suck in air (it makes a weird noise). Unfortunately if he's a cribber there isn't much you can do to stop it, only maintain the problem. The only thing I've seen that's somewhat effective is a leather miracle collar. When they suck in air their neck flexes and air passages open, so it works by putting pressure there when they try to crib. When you take the collar off, they start cribbing again. There is tons of research out there as to why horses crib and tons of possible answers, but nothing definite. They think horses crib because of limited turnout, boredom, diet, or could even be congenital. I do know some horses that crib more when they're in their stalls, but even the big cribbers will stand in their pastures cribbing off their fence (or anything they can grab a hold of)
    11-10-2008, 10:57 AM
What is he being fed?? IF he does indeed have ulcers grain products will cause pain which in turn will cause cribbing!!! Remove all grain from him get a good vitamin/mineral supplement or a ration balancer for the nutrition then add the calories and fat by way of rice bran and beet pulp

Alfalfa has also been shown to help balance the ph in the stomach reducing the ulcer problems

NOTHING Will replace the meds needed to HEAL the ulcers but there are steps you can take to lessen the effects of them
    11-10-2008, 11:12 AM
Collars can sometimes work, otherwise more pature time or toys in the stall could help. But it is near impossible to completely stop the habit.
    11-10-2008, 11:15 AM
I would try a good free choice mineral. If he was starved, he is likely lacking in many important minerals. This helped to stop a friend's horse from cribbing.

I would also give him lots of good free choice grass hay.
    11-10-2008, 02:49 PM
Green Broke
Wood chewing is different from cribbing

Wood chewing is usually caused by a mineral dificiency - you can put him on a supplement called Quitt (guaranteed to work) or you can paint your fences with used motor oil + cayenne pepper (I think Farnam also makes a product called NO CHEW)

Good luck
    11-10-2008, 03:13 PM
I read in a book that its caused by bored and stress. You should put bars on for a month or two and then take it off and see if he/she is any better.

Hope this help

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