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post #11 of 18 Old 08-16-2011, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your replies everyone! She's turned out 24/7, has hay put out every couple days (more so now the grass is less) and has a feed (chaff, a mix and some oats).

I've just bought some toys for her, as there's not much to do in the field, and she doesn't enjoy running.

Can wind sucking be dangerous (other than maybe causing mouth ulcers and abscesses) I always thought cribbing caused the ulcers, rather than was a result of ulcers, but I will get her checked out.

Apparently she did when she was at the racing stables she was at, so my guess is she was either bored and learned it, copied another horse, or like some believe, it could be common to the breed (tb). Who knows? If it can't cause her serious problems, then I'm not too worried about her doing it (she's not a die hard cribber, I just don't like her doing it if it will harm her.)
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Race horses simply because of their high grain diets and stressful lifestyle are very prone to ulcers. Are you In Aussie? If so look at horse supplies direct for ulcer teatments and try one. Pretty simple way to see if it helps. What sort of mix is she on?
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post #13 of 18 Old 08-17-2011, 12:05 AM
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I don't have much experience at all with horses, but a friend of mine's mare just start cribbing. She's stalled the majority of the day, and she's really started to do a number on her stall.

What kind of ulcers are you guys talking about? I saw someone mentioned trying an ulcer treatment, but what is it and how?
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post #14 of 18 Old 08-17-2011, 05:56 AM
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Welcome to the forum OTTB

If your friend's horse is cribbing, get a vet out to have him checked. You can't start treatment on your own for a symptom he may or may not have.

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OTTB, we are talking about stomach ulcers. It does take a vet to determine if they have them.

It is strange that a horse would suddenly start cribbing. Are you sure this horse is actually cribbing and not just chewing wood? There is a difference.
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post #16 of 18 Old 08-17-2011, 09:25 AM
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Well I know for a fact the horse was not doing it about a month ago. I saw her then and her stall was intact. She's really working a hole down the plywood panel on one side of her stall, so it could just be chewing? She'll also do it to the metal bars on the tie out racks outside. She'll grip it with her front teeth but I don't know what she does about it because the owner makes her stop.

I'll suggest the stomach ulcer check to the owner for the horses next vet visit, but a google search shows that most of them are caused by stress and this horse has anything but stress, except being bored. She's barely even saddled at the moment.
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Hi guys, thank you for all your replies
Gluey, no I'm in England.

I read a lot about Gastric Ulcers last night, and she doesn't have any of the symptoms stated on all of the sites. However, I've read up on the prevention of them, and they also tie in with the prevention of cribbing - access to decent roughage, and smaller more frequent meals - which will mean the acid is digesting her food (not her stomach lining) and also give her something to do 24/7 so she's not bored.

I've started putting her hay in a net instead of chucking it out in the field in one chunk, meaning it take longer to eat, and makes her work for it. This morning I got there, and instead of finding her cribbing, I found her munching from the hay net. So maybe she was just bored, so I'm going to give her a net every night now.

I've also ordered her some toys, and they'll be getting here tomorrow or friday.

I think it's probably mostly due to her boredom, rather than ulcers, however, I've realised what I need to do to prevent ulcers, which is good, being as prevention is better than cure

Thank you for your help everybody
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I have a 2 yr old who quickly figured out that if he lowers his head the collar will losen up and he can still crib.

And I also have a OTTB that used to crib until we discovered that he had stomach ulcers and we treated him and he's on u-gard daily. Another sympom we noticed was that he was sweating all the time while just in the pasture (in the winter) and he had really loose stool.

You could run a strand of electric along the top of your fence to discourage him from cribbing but that may not be an option. I would start with the cribbing collar first and see, it does work on some horses.
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