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    01-07-2008, 07:20 PM
Green Broke

Tell me what you think fixes it. Or is there a fix? Some people feel cribbing collars are dangerous and in-humane, what do you think? Some say painting your stall with a bad tasteing coating will fix it. Some say that chewing and cribbing are the same. Some even say that they give their horse medication and they stop. Tell me what you think.
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    01-07-2008, 07:23 PM
In my experience caring for other people's animals, the collars seemed to be best. You could look into the miracle collar.
    01-07-2008, 07:28 PM
Green Broke

I have a cribber. The kind once you take off his collar he will shove you over to put his teeth on the nearest thing so he can crib. I know many many people who use the miracle collar, but everyone that I have known to use it, it dosen't work. It didn't work with me either.
    01-11-2008, 12:25 AM
I have one of those cribbers, and a tree eater. I had read to use a bar of irish spring soap and rub on wood. It seems to help with my little cribber. Maybe you guys also know of a way to get my yearling not to sample the wood bed shavings everytime I replace her bedding? she only does it when I replace all of it and it is just a pinch she feels tthe need to sample.
    01-11-2008, 11:45 AM
Green Broke
I'v have to stop my gelding from eating shavings but it never works. Possibly give her something to eat before she gets the chance to eat the shavings.
    01-14-2008, 12:24 PM
My first pony was a chronic cribber. I tried everything! I sprayed everything I could think of on the stall but nothing worked. His original owners used a cribbing collar but he managed to crib anyway. He had freechoice hay and plenty of mineral. I also tried stall toys (boredom busters). He was 11 when I got him and he had been cribbing his whole life. And he crib until the day he died, he once cribbed on my finger!!
Don't mean to discourage you, lol, but those are all the things I tried in the 6 years I had him.
    01-15-2008, 10:43 AM
Green Broke
I have tried just about every cribbing collar out there. The only ones that work for me are the ones that are just pain leather straps that are padded on the inside so it doesn't rub the hair away. I make it as tight as I possibly can. He can't crib through that
    01-15-2008, 04:32 PM
Has he been cribbing for a long time?? I've heard the longer they crib for the tougher it is to break the habit.
My horse did have the cribbing collar dig in to his neck at his original owners, made a dent in his neck :( so just be careful how tight it is.
But I have heard the leather collars work wonders.
    01-15-2008, 07:06 PM
My horse chews, but she does not do the air sucking.

I tried the Quitt, it did not work, bitter apple spray did not work, irish spring soap worked for a few weeks then she started up again.

I am starting to look at the behavior when she does it and when she does not, seems stress and being bored.

So I am going to get her a Jolly ball, and varnish her stall. I always make sure she has hay.

Good luck.
    01-16-2008, 07:12 PM
I very briefly had a horse who was a cribber. Cribbing is when the horse grabs something with his upper teeth, arches his neck, and gulps air. They usually grunt while they do this. It was the weirdest thing. His eyes would roll back a bit too, and I was reminded of a drug addict getting high.

He had a collar, which never worked. We tried treating the wood with various substances, which never worked. Some say its an anxious habit horses pick up. Some even say its due to a traumatic weaning experience. All I know is it seems nearly impossible to stop. The only thing that seemed to help him was constant turn out and to keep him away from solid wood/metal objects he could grab onto.

Some suggestions to reduce cribbing :

Provide free choice hay/forage. A wild horse is grazing all day. Stalled or penned domestic horses may develop cribbing due to boredom or stress from not being able to act naturally.

Allow the horse plenty of turn out time. Many cribbers who display this behavior in a stall or enclosure will not crib in a large field.

Provide companionship. A lone horse, or a horse kept in stall with minimum contact with surrounding horses may be bored or stressed.

Vets say that cribbing releases endorphins, so horses get in the habit because it is like a drug, and they become addicted. There are drugs you can give a horse that blocks the release of endorphins. Therefore, the horse will discontinue feelings a "rush" when they crib, and may stop.

Some horses will never quit cribbing, and all you can do is manage the horse so that its teeth and digestive system are protected as best they can be against the affects of cribbing. (Regular dentistry, balanced diet, etc)

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