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post #1 of 5 Old 08-15-2012, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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Cribbing Collars

I have owned a horse that cribs for probably 2-3 months now. We do have a cribbing collar on her right now. How long will it be until I can take it off and not have to worry about her cribbing?
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-15-2012, 03:44 AM
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Some horses never correct the behavior. She may for a period not do it as much but it can, and usually does in the cases I've seen, become a fairly permanent vice. Some horses even get progressively worse. Unless she's not acquiring sores from the collar, I would leave it on to be safe.
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You can also use a grazing muzzle instead of a cribbing collar. They are a little less harsh. Cribbing, like said in the last reply, becomes a permanent vice in a lot of cases. It usually comes from boredom and/or stress. Being turned out in a larger area and enrichment toys can help sometimes. Sorry to hear about the cribbing. I've also heard that sudden cribbing by a horse that hasn't before can be a sign of pain. Not always, but just a thought.

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Cribbing generally starts as a response to pain, often from ulcers. If you treat the underlying problem quickly enough, the cribbing is less likely to become a habit, but it is an addictive behavior. Cribbing collars prevent the horse from actually cribbing, but don't treat the underlying cause.

I bought my cribber 4 months ago, but he's cribbed for over 5 years. He started before he was ever stalled, so contrary to popular belief, it isn't just a boredom issue seen in stalled horses. He has some other signs that he has ulcers, and I'm working to try and see what works best for him, but even when that gets resolved, I don't expect he will ever stop cribbing completely. The best I'm hoping for is that he will do it less frequently.
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I have owned a horse that cribs for probably 2-3 months now. We do have a cribbing collar on her right now. How long will it be until I can take it off and not have to worry about her cribbing?
I have a 20 year old QH mare that has worn a cribbing collar for as long as I can remember...and we have owned her since she was 4. As soon as you take it off, or even if you do not keep it snug, she goes right back to cribbing. In my experience, I don't see a time where you can take it off and be sure the horse will not crib. Cribbing also wears down their teeth--my mare's top teeth are barely there--the equine dentist makes a comment every time he sees them. So I would watch your horse carefully if it cribs when the strap is off, and put it back on right away if you see cribbing. As others have said, I would have the horse scoped for ulcers.
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