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    08-01-2009, 01:18 PM
Thankfully I don't have a barn.

So - the popular opinion is that I should have this horse euthanised because she cribs? Because basically - she's useless and nothing but trouble, inconveniencing and a waste of horse flesh?

Quite frankly, I'm shocked.
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    08-01-2009, 01:27 PM
Green Broke
^^ Naw, just sell her. Many will buy cribbers, because they don't care whether they do it or not.

Or if you are keeping her just don't worry about it. Use the collar or you will have a pasture-full of cribbers.
    08-01-2009, 01:29 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Barrelracer Up    
6. Give the horse a steady job - boredom is # 1 culprit
That and stress/fear.
    08-01-2009, 01:33 PM
Originally Posted by AussieDaisyGirl    
Thankfully I don't have a barn.

So - the popular opinion is that I should have this horse euthanised because she cribs? Because basically - she's useless and nothing but trouble, inconveniencing and a waste of horse flesh?

Quite frankly, I'm shocked.
I am interested to see what people will say to this. I was wondering the same thing as I was reading through the posts. What does everyone think should be done with cribers if some many of you won't have one? Do you just hope someone else will put up with it or do you think the horse should be put down? What if you had a horse that cribs and no one else will take it? What would you do with it? I understand all of the issues that arise from cribing both horse wise and proterty damage wise, but not keeping a horse just because it cribs seems extreme to me.

*Just thought I'd put this in so no arguments start. I'm not acusing anyone of anything, I am seriously interested to know what those of you who will not have cribers think should be done with them.
    08-01-2009, 01:40 PM
Green Broke
I have a cribber thank you very much and did specify the need of a collar, and everything should be fine. Selling one is harder, considering it is not a desireable trait, but if you love the horse that much nothing matters. Buy the horse. I don't know who said they are worthless and should be euthanized, but I don't 100% agree with that. If the horse is senile, ancient, cribbs with other bad habits, I'd consider euthanization. If he's young, nice, suitable for what you are doing with them, looks like you've got yourself a nice horse.

OP: Do you like your horse? Is he suitable for what you are doing with him? If so, keep the horse, use a collar, and forget the ideas of euthanization. Just to clarify, I said nothing about that.
    08-01-2009, 03:11 PM
I wouldn't euthanize one. I would do all the tricks I could manage to maintain them. The mare that I mentioned in an earlier post is a well bred WP mare last appraised for $18,000 and her last foal sold for $9,000 as a yearling.

Some horses are more extreme than others. If you don't own the horse, then you will probably be more frustrated than if it is your horse. As a barn owner you may need to place lots of restrictions on the horse to save your property, sanity and not let the habit spread.

AKA - 24/7/365 cribbing collar, owner MUST have SOMEONE/ANYONE work the horse x number of days a week (might be a little side income for BO if they were to offer for x $$), owner is responsible for immediate repair of property, horse must stay in hot wire enclosure with flat low water trough and ground feeder only, etc...etc....
As a property owner you will need to be specific and communicate well. Put it in writing also. Wood chewers are actually a bit worse than a lot of cribbers. One that also chews needs also either full hot wire deterrent or all wood covered with metal shields. Boarders should be screened coming in for all theire horses habits - cribbing, chewing, rearing, kickings, etc..... Have a stipulation plan in place for those horses.
    08-01-2009, 09:31 PM
Thanks Barrelracer Up.

Considering her substantial breeding and training (eventer) and my stupidly soft heart for skinny horses, I'll do what I can to take care of her and hope it doesn't spread to Carolina.
    08-01-2009, 10:26 PM
I have heard that cribbing can cause a lot of damage to a horses lungs and ruin their stamina. It causes them to...what's that expression? Become winded easier.

Certain types of muzzles can work for wood chewers and cribbers too but only if they are "latch" cribbers.
    08-01-2009, 10:32 PM
I was at the barn today where the WP mare is and two of the weanlings have just started showing a tendency to crib. They are neither one this mare's foals (and none of hers crib) and they are around 5 months old. They are doing it when all of them are gathered around the water trough. One is a KY Incentive foal too. Nasty stuff!!

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