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    11-08-2009, 11:08 PM
  #1
Yearling
Cribbing Supplements

Hey everyone,

Coming friday Indigo will be getting a cribbing collar,

But me and my dad are wondering what supplements some of you suggest ?
I do have a medicine I can add to his feed for ulcers, but im still lingering if I should add it to his feed ?
Anyways, I know I was recommended Quitt, But I am wondering if that will even do anything since.. it is for wood chewing.
Now im thinking if I should put him on U-Gaurd 2X
Corta-Flx U-Gard 2X - Dover Saddlery.

What do you recommend ?
I know its not going to be a quick fix, but its going to at least put me a step ahead of getting rid of his cribbing and I am willing to try alot anything :)
     
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    11-08-2009, 11:16 PM
  #2
Weanling
Does he actually crib, like... sucking air, or does he chew wood? Chewing is an opener for cribbing, and Quitt will work for chewing, but I don't actually know that much about cribbing. Good luck though!
     
    11-08-2009, 11:20 PM
  #3
Yearling
^ Nope he is a full on cribber, I've checked and I do have videos.
Sadly. But he was a rescue I took in, on october 31st, I bought him off the meat buyers, otherwise he would have gone for human consumption in europe.
:(
     
    11-08-2009, 11:20 PM
  #4
Foal
I don't like cribbing supplements! They made a horse I know really sick!! I know that collars aren't nice either but I think that they work really well
     
    11-08-2009, 11:26 PM
  #5
Yearling
^ maybe he was fed to much of the product ?
It also depends on what it was the horse was being fed as a supplement.

He will be getting a collar, but im looking specifically for a supplement to help prevent cribbing or for the digestive system, since cribbing is mostly based on the stomach etc, digestive system.
     
    11-08-2009, 11:38 PM
  #6
Yearling
Well, the thing with cribbing, is that it usually STARTS as a digestive problem{But can come from boredom-- causing digestive problems). So even after the digestive problem is fixed, unless it was caught early or the horse was not a big cribber. From what I've heard of Indigo, I'd call him an established cribber, so he'll need his collar despite any supplements, which may or may not actually help, depending on his reason for cribbing.

Tl;dr: He will likely never stop.

If you are getting stuff for ulcers, I'd say to keep with that.
     
    11-08-2009, 11:51 PM
  #7
Green Broke
I would try the ulcers stuff and see if that works before putting him on any other stuff :p
I've heard of a product called: green clay... I've never used it but my friend has for her cribber, and I think it just helps the stomach adn stops them from cribbing.
     
    11-09-2009, 12:09 AM
  #8
Weanling
I may be adopting a QH weanling that is a full on cribber already (started about 4 months ago). My plan for him is to hit him with dac 911 paste orally for 5 days (and I will begin adding the powder dac 911 into his feed at the same time). I will then hit him with a 5 day "powerpack" of fenbendazole. And two weeks later I will deworm with Equimaxx (ivermec/praziquantal).

He will be gradually switched from Seminole feed to Triple Crown Growth. I will also move him to a seven acre pasture that I have rented. He will be out with at least two of my other horses. Currently he is out on about an acre with about 7 other weanlings.

Everything I have researched says that he will probably not quit cribbing at this point, but the above changes "may" lessen the occurance and duration of his sessions. But figure that any time he is in an "unhappy" environment he will likely crib.
     
    11-09-2009, 11:22 AM
  #9
Yearling
Cribbing has been associated with gastric ulcers. So since the main thing recommended for both horses that crib and horses with ulcers is turnout with free-choice forage that is the place to start. If you can feed alfalfa hay as a portion of that diet, it may help reduce stomach pain if that is what is causing the problem. The other thing to do is to remove grains from the diet and go with a forage based diet.

There are lots of supplements on the market but they do not deal with the main problem. Even the ulcer supplements on the market are simply short-term paliatives and don't actually treat the problem. U-gard and the other antacid products give relief for no more than an hour after dosing. So rather than spend alot of money on supplements you would do well to discuss the possibility of gastric ulcers and appropriate treatments with your vet.
     
    11-09-2009, 01:53 PM
  #10
Green Broke
The best way to prevent cribbing is to give a horse as much turnout as possible, preferably 24/7 with just stall time to eat concetrates, along with free choice hay. A good mineral salt block and a balanced "meal" to go with his hay. I don't like horse feeds or grains, so I use hay pellets with vitamins. I find the horses gain and maintain weight better on a no-grain/feed diet. I use grass hay and alfalfa pellets with vitamins and flax (for fat).

Only give him ulcer meds if you're sure he has ulcers.

Alfalfa products are good for ulcer-prone horses as the high calcium content acts as a buffer for the stomach.
     

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