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    04-16-2013, 11:58 PM
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Cribbing? Help!

My horse isn't a cribber, but there is a horse at our barn who is a HEAAAAVY cribber. She never EVER stops! She doesn't get any attention from her owner so it's not like I blame her, but still, she's chewing through the fences, feed troughs, water buckets and everything! And not to mention that horrible sound she makes whenever she does it! No matter how many times we tell her to stop, she always goes straight back!

I don't know what to do next! Whenever she does it I yell at her, chase her away from the fence, throw a rock at the fence (not at the horse, don't worry!!) to make a sound to scare her off...She always leaves but never fails to come back to suck more air out of the wood.

Today I soaped up the fence ALL the way around her paddock, took me a while. Then I turn back around in 5 minutes and she's chewing at it again. I realized that when she's cribbing she's using only her teeth...not her tongue or anything so I guess soaping it wouldn't make a difference if she isn't tasting it but I had heard it'd work.

What do you guys do for this??? Please Please Please reply!
     
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    04-17-2013, 12:04 AM
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Tell your BO, mention the horse is destroying property, and you'd like them to do something about it. Crib collars may be it, contact the owner too as ulcers can cause major cribbing as well. Could be stress as well either way tell your BO something needs to be done
     
    04-17-2013, 12:32 AM
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We used peppers I grow in my garden to stop a cribber. Rubbed them all over the areas he liked to crib daily.
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    04-17-2013, 12:44 AM
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Originally Posted by TruCharm    
tell your BO, mention the horse is destroying property, and you'd like them to do something about it. Crib collars may be it, contact the owner too as ulcers can cause major cribbing as well. Could be stress as well either way tell your BO something needs to be done
Yeah she knows about the cribbing. She's been too busy to do anything so since I work there I soaped it up, which is what she's told me to do for the other horses (before this horse came back to our barn) and it worked for them! But obviously not for this one.
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We used peppers I grow in my garden to stop a cribber. Rubbed them all over the areas he liked to crib daily.
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Hmm...worth a shot I guess...is it the juices or?
     
    04-17-2013, 12:45 AM
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Ok there's cribbing and wind sucking......the wind sucking is that awful gulping sound you hear. When horses do this the brain releases dopamine (a good feeling hormone) and it causes them to become compulsive because of the feeling they get from it. Not only is it destructive, it's also very unhealthy for the horse.

The horse sucks air into her stomach, doesn't eat well because she spends all her time cribbing and sucking wind and it will also eventually wear all her teeth down.

I would strongly suggest that horse get a wind sucking strap put on right away. Other horses very easily pick up this habit also when they are kept in close contact with a wind sucker.
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    04-17-2013, 12:49 AM
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We ground the whole peppers against the wood. Leaving the oils, skins, meat etc... On the rails. As soon as his lips touched it he'd be busy for a hour lickin n making fun faces.
Posted via Mobile Device we used gohst peppers. I doubt store bought peppers would have any affect.
     
    04-17-2013, 12:54 AM
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We ground the whole peppers against the wood. Leaving the oils, skins, meat etc... On the rails. As soon as his lips touched it he'd be busy for a hour lickin n making fun faces.
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I know an old cowboy who had a horse who was a saddle chewer.....he put hot sauce on the saddle and said the horse ran around the field with its mouth wide open after trying to chew the fender!

I used hot sauce to get my Aussie shepherd to quit chewing in the base boards....she was fixated! It worked.
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    04-17-2013, 12:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
Ok there's cribbing and wind sucking......the wind sucking is that awful gulping sound you hear. When horses do this the brain releases dopamine (a good feeling hormone) and it causes them to become compulsive because of the feeling they get from it. Not only is it destructive, it's also very unhealthy for the horse.

The horse sucks air into her stomach, doesn't eat well because she spends all her time cribbing and sucking wind and it will also eventually wear all her teeth down.

I would strongly suggest that horse get a wind sucking strap put on right away. Other horses very easily pick up this habit also when they are kept in close contact with a wind sucker.
She eats, that's for sure, she's a big pig actually lol but the rest of the time is definitely spent sucking. She only used to do it a few times a day but now she can't leave the fences alone!

Yeah you're right about the horses picking it up! My own horse decided to try eating the wood a lot...not wind sucking, but eating the wood. :uckily I spend hours on end at the barn every day so once he started I diciplined him every time and he caught on that it wasn't good.

I'll talk to the owner about a collar. They used to have one on her I think but for some reason it hasn't been on for a long time. She moved her horse for almost a year and then her horse just came back a few weeks ago.

Question about cribbing collars...How do they work exactly? I know it's a strap that goes around their neck with a metal part around the throat...Does it stop the cribbing/wind sucking all together or does it just keep harm away from the horse?
     
    04-17-2013, 01:03 AM
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She eats, that's for sure, she's a big pig actually lol but the rest of the time is definitely spent sucking. She only used to do it a few times a day but now she can't leave the fences alone!

Yeah you're right about the horses picking it up! My own horse decided to try eating the wood a lot...not wind sucking, but eating the wood. :uckily I spend hours on end at the barn every day so once he started I diciplined him every time and he caught on that it wasn't good.

I'll talk to the owner about a collar. They used to have one on her I think but for some reason it hasn't been on for a long time. She moved her horse for almost a year and then her horse just came back a few weeks ago.

Question about cribbing collars...How do they work exactly? I know it's a strap that goes around their neck with a metal part around the throat...Does it stop the cribbing/wind sucking all together or does it just keep harm away from the horse?

The strap has the metal part that goes around the base of the neck behind the jaw and when the horse opens its mouth and clamps on the fence and tries to suck wind the collar doesn't allow them to gulp while having their mouth/jaw in that position.....it doesn't interfere with eating or drinking or any other normal behaviours. It floors me that people don't leave these collars on, especially when the horse is in with or around other horses.

Last barn I was at, a wind sucker moved in without a strap......*eye roll*.....just stood their sucking wind a day, I was glad my horse was no where near him!
     
    04-17-2013, 01:35 AM
  #10
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Oh I see, okay thanks. I'll mention it to the owner to see if she can get that collar back on.
     

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