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post #1 of 18 Old 08-15-2011, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Question Cribbing (Windsucking)- what can I do?

Hi everyone,
My horse cribs, and it's making her teeth very square and her tummy bloated.
I was wondering what I can do to stop her.

I was wondering if there is anything out there that will stop her, on a more permanent basis.

If I left a cribbing collar on her for a while, would she eventually just forget that she used to do it, or is it something she'll do forever?

Any advice, tips and home remedies are very much appreciated,
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post #2 of 18 Old 08-15-2011, 03:49 PM
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Cribbing to a horse is like drugs to a junkie. The act of cribbing releases endorphins and gives the horse a "high". Once it starts, it doesn't end and a collar is really the way to prevent it. There are many ideas about it such as coating the fences with oil or pepper but that eventually wears away.

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post #3 of 18 Old 08-15-2011, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your reply
I've heard it's particularly common in tbs, for one reason or another, and I'm not worried worried as it doesn't seem to be effecting her, I'm just concerned about the future.

If I bought her a collar for it, as soon as I took it off, would she start up again? Or would eventually, she not even remember she used to do it?
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post #4 of 18 Old 08-15-2011, 05:40 PM
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It's been my experience that she will never forget.

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There is a surgery that can be done in extreme cases. I'm not sure what is done but it involes cutting the tendons or muscles on either side of there neck that are used when they crib so it is impossible to get the movement that is required to crib. I have heard it works about half the time, a very bad cribber will sometimes find other muscles to use. I found my TB would crib less if he wasn't board, so I kept im in pasture whenever possible, gave him as much hay as possible, gave him toys. He wore a miracle collar all the time, as soon as I removed it he was back to cribbing.

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If she's well confirmed in the habit you could be stuck with it. There is a thought out there that most horses that crib have ulcers. Some that have been cribbing for a long time have stopped with ulcer treatment.
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We have a horse at the barn who wears a collar daily, and she still cribs with it on. It's been looked at by multiple experts for fit, and everyone says it's correct, but she still cribs with it. They leave it on because I think they believe she cribs a little less with it on - but she still is cribbing all the time.
The only other serious cribber at our barn wears a cribbing muzzle. That does seem to work, but only as long as it's on. When she comes in to feed and the muzzle is removed, she cribs throughout breakfast/dinner.
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Some things that encourage cribbing include boredom, sweetfeed, and lack of grazing. That isn't to say that removing those factors will stop him, only, hopefully, slow him down.

I had a mare once that learned to avoid a collar by doing it this way:

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Have you had her checked for ulcers?

Some people find that treating them for ulcers does help the intensity of the cribbing (does not make it go away, just makes them crib less).

What type of environment does she live in? Stall kept, pasture kept or some where in the middle? Free choice hay or smaller meals?

There are probably a whole boat load of things that you can do to make her less likely to crib as much. Free choice hay/grass in a pasture that the fences do not allow for cribbing, etc.


I have to agree with Iride, she is not likely to just give up cribbing.

I do know one horse that got to the point that anything around his neck in the location that the cribbing collar would go was enough to make him not crib. Even a loose leather strap.
(Note, that was only one horse.)

I have also known horses that the collar did nothing for, as Shenandoah mentioned.

If it were my horse I would check for ulcers, adjust environment and add a good cribbing collar.
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A vet article revealed that ulcers causing gas is being looked at as why a horse cribs, possibly as a means of releasing gas. If you've ever watched a kid intentionally force a burp to impress his friends, he employs a lot of muscles in his throat to do so.
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