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    03-26-2013, 11:34 AM
Mare chewing wood

My mare has never had a wood eating issue but recently, because of illness, I think her meds are causing her to. Tried jalapeno juice and chayenne pepper paste. Not really slowing her down.
What else might work?
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    03-26-2013, 11:36 AM
Go to tractor supply co and get pine tar brush on the wood and she will stop
    03-26-2013, 11:36 AM
Green Broke
We had a mare who ate her way through the wall of her stall. We tried the pepper spray and chew stop stuff. None of it worked. We had to put a grazing muzzle on her.
    03-26-2013, 11:38 AM
Green Broke
Does she have hay/grass to munch on at all times or just flakes in am and pm? Could be from boredom. Does she get turnout time?
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    03-26-2013, 11:41 AM
My BO put Diesel fuel on the wood of a chewer thank god not my horse. People swear by it but I would not put that near my horse.
    03-26-2013, 11:42 AM
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When you put stuff on the wood to try to put her off chewing make sure it isn't in any way going to make the mouth sore because really determined chewers will still give it a go as I learnt.
If its the top rail of your paddock could run a strand of hot wire just above it
Strangely the thing that worked best with this mare we have was hanging flavoured mineral licks all over the place, she no longer chews wood at all so I think she may have had a deficiency - we haven't had her very long and she began wood chewing on day 1.
    03-26-2013, 12:09 PM
Green Broke
Trusty is a cribber and wears a collar for it. The first full day of being here and around the other 4 horses I saw him start biting the bark off the trees and then saw him hook his upper teeth on the top of the stall door and pull.

( I have several mineral blocks around the pastures)

I assumed it was due to stress of new place, finding his pecking order and some to do with being a cribber. I'm not very knowledgeable about it and hope to learn from this thread as well.
    03-26-2013, 12:22 PM
All 3 of my horses are terrible cribbers! Day 1 of making our wood fences instead of the electric I suggested, they chewed and chewed it. 2 years later, the top rail of one section is an inch from being chewed through -_- And we are planning to put up another 11 acres of wood fence just so we can keep replacing it!
    03-26-2013, 12:31 PM
Thanks for the responses. She has never cribbed or chewed before. She had a resp. Infection and swollen legs. She started the chew after getting her on antibiotics and Dex. Prior to this, she and the other horses have been inside a lot. Pasture is very wet in the winter months so they do not get a lot of turn out.
I am thinking the Dex is making her a little hyper/energetic.
Got to go to town later. I'll try the pine tar.
    03-26-2013, 04:45 PM
Cribbing is a very different behavior from wood chewing. Cribbing damages wood (and other structures) from the horse bracing against it, but if the horses are actually chewing on it then you have a different problem.

There are a lot of theories behind wood chewing; not enough roughage and/or lacking in minerals is the most common one. The first thing I'd try would be making sure that the horse has access to hay 24/7 and take a close look at the diet to make sure it's complete. There's a supplement called Quitt that has a money back guarantee to stop wood chewing within 7 days; I would definitely look into that, too, if I had a wood chewer.

Boredom is another possible reason for the new behavior. It's harder to alleviate this one when a horse is on stall rest or has to be kept in due to weather, but there are some "toys" out there. I've had mixed luck with stall toys, but it could be worth looking into if more hay/diet doesn't fix it.

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