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    11-28-2011, 11:21 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
I have to agree that it is best to consult with a nutritionist or your vet prior to just adding something to your horses diet to fix the problem of the moment. Frequently adding something to their diet can make other problems.

Wood chewing can simply be a bad and very annoying habit.

ANNOYING is right! I am about to hire that little dentist elf dude on Rudolph the red Nosed Reindeer to pull out all of Beau's teeth like he did to the abominable snowman.....

Can't remember the elf dentist dude's name.....
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    12-01-2011, 05:02 PM
First off: Cribbing and wood chewing are 2 TOTALLY different things. I know this first hand because I know a wood chewer, and my horse is a cribber (well used to be anyways. Got him a collar, and it's totally under control now (: SCORE!) It sounds more like your horse is wood chewing. It can be caused by 2? Things, boredom, and lack of nutrition. I don't know what you feed him, but I personally think that when a horse is in a field and he starts chewing bark off of trees and such, it's because there is a problem in his diet. Not boredom. There is a supplement called Quitt or something like that (yes with 2 T's) it's by Farnam, but it's supposed to get your horse to stop. You could spray the trees with Farnam No Chew or whatever. But before doing any of those 2 things, I recommend changing his diet to fit his needs a little better.
    12-03-2011, 12:18 AM
Does he suck in considerable amounts of air? If so that's definitely cribbing resulting from boredom (In which case, find him some sort of pasture buddy). If he doesn't suck in air, it's more than likely a nutrition problem. I agree with getting a mineral block.
    12-03-2011, 09:29 AM
Green Broke
My first thought is he is not comfortable living alone & he is using the wood eating to cope. Not all horses do well alone & it can present itself in different ways.
Dietary should be looked at too.
If Cherie is a fake & doesn't know what she is talking about then she's a darn good fake because her information is spot on. Just sayin'.
    12-03-2011, 10:03 AM
Originally Posted by Beauseant    

ANNOYING is right! I am about to hire that little dentist elf dude on Rudolph the red Nosed Reindeer to pull out all of Beau's teeth like he did to the abominable snowman.....

Can't remember the elf dentist dude's name.....
His name is Hermie!!! (I think that's how you spell it anyways...) (:
    12-03-2011, 02:04 PM
Originally Posted by Beauseant    
Personally, I don't care what credentials you SAY you have, as none of us have any way of knowing if you do or don't. I could say anything on here...I could even SAY I am a vet myself. This is the internet, folks. People can say anything....and sometimes let's keep it in mind.

But regardless of what you DO or DO NOT have, giving opinions on a public forum about a horse you have never examined is NEVER a replacement for a vet's consultation about a horse he is able to see and examine. YOU are making it seem like it should be. You also intimate that vets cannot and do not undrstand horse nutrition and so cannot be counted on to know what they are talking about in this area so we should disregard considering calling them to evaluate dietary issues and should all listen to who? You? .... And I disagree with this.

Plain and simple. Whether you are a nutritional consult for a feed company, or whether you work at wal are still an anonymous internet person that few of us know, and who has not seen nor evaluated this horse.

The fact that you are making blanket statements about a problem as complex as wood chewing makes me very suspicious of the credentials you say you have.....because anyone with any nutritional/medical background would KNOW that wood chewing can be nutritional or it can be behaviorial...and they would suggest a vet be called in to make the determination and supplementation...if necessary. A PROFESSIONAL would not give medical advice via the internet to a person whose horse they have not evaluated and examined.

Gee wizzz, Beauseant, Cherie is just trying to help. We all may have differing opinions here about an issue, but it doesn't mean that we need to personally insult another forum member just because we disagree with them. This is exactly the kind of post that drives people away from this forum.
Most of us are anonymous to each other, and we take what people say with a grain of salt :) sorry couldn't resist the pun

bored, cribbing, lonely

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