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        04-16-2010, 02:38 PM
    Originally Posted by draftrider    
    Most cribbers start when they are in the 8 month age- its many times stress from weaning and going onto sweet feed.

    We have a boarded horse (came when it was still on the mare) that has never had sweet feed. Eats my fences like crazy. The two fillies that were weaned with this foal do not touch the fence.
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        04-16-2010, 02:41 PM
    Cribbing and wood chewing are two very different habits.
        04-16-2010, 02:47 PM
    Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
    Cribbing and wood chewing are two very different habits.
    Depends on who you talk to.

    We classify wood chewing as cribbing.

    Sucking wind is a whole 'nuther ball game.
        04-16-2010, 02:50 PM
    Maybe they use different terms where you live.

    Cribbing and sucking wind are the same thing around here.

    Hence the term cribbing strap - they do not in any way prevent a horse from chewing wood but they (hopefully) prevent them from sucking wind as you call it.
        04-16-2010, 04:48 PM
    My boy was a cribber. I met him as a 7yr old (both of us), got him as a 16yr old, & lost him as a 23yr old. He cribbed throughout that entire time, to the dismay of the barn owner. I never in a million years would have considered surgery for him, but we tried just about every other cure out there, & nothing worked. It's been explained to me by several different sources that the wind sucking is actually a horsey equivalent to getting "high". I'm not sure exactly how it works, but I know that it is most certainly an addiction, & can be near impossible to break. He cribbed just as badly with or without his collar, so as much as I disliked it, I learned to just live with it.

    As far as teeth go, unfortunately, my boy had a tooth that was completely broken in half, probably from the cribbing. That made meal times quite messy when there was grain involved!
        04-16-2010, 08:20 PM
    Why so worked up about cribbing? I have a cribber and to me, it's just annoying. There's nothing you can do to stop it, and trust me, I've tried EVERYTHING short of surgery. Certain horses are genetically hard-wired to crib, and they don't pick it up from watching other horses or whatnot. If they don't have the predisposition to do it, they won't, and if they do, they will always have that habbit.

    My horse has destroyed three corner feeders so we had to get him a grain dish for the ground. He also broke his water bucket. But when I was in his stall with him I used to pop him under the tummy with the heel of my palm every time he cribbed (just hard enough to make it uncomfortable) and now he won't crib when I'm watching him. But that's as good as it's ever going to get. Lol
        04-16-2010, 11:26 PM
    My mare chewed apart the entire fence (which cost me a pretty penny to replace when I moved her) at the last barn I was at. At our new barn her chewing stopped when she got turned out with my gelding. They torment each other, but she has too much fun playing with him to chew the fence anymore.

    Could you put him in with some buddies if he's alone? Put yuckies on the fence? Cribbing collar? Or worst comes to worst muzzle the horse. It looks mean but it provides a barrier between the fence and their mouth.
        04-16-2010, 11:42 PM
    Oh, I should also add that my TB has chipped one of his front teeth--at that point he got smart about it and stopped cribbing on metal with his teeth, and started using his chin. He still uses his teeth on wood though--he's also learned to ONLY crib on fence posts instead of boards. I think he's just an evil genius.
        04-17-2010, 01:13 AM
    Is he alone in the pasture?
    I find it odd that with 160 acres he still cribs.
        04-17-2010, 01:33 AM
    Nope he's not alone he's got about 15 other horses with him mares and geldings. I'm hesitant about a muzzle because there are way to many things it could it caught on(including other horses grabbing it)

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