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        03-26-2013, 03:52 PM
      #11
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by verona1016    
    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.

    I honestly think they are eating it, but they get 5 flakes a day each of good hay and 4 quarts of high fat grain
         
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        03-26-2013, 07:49 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I really don't understand why they shouldn't get turned out when it's rainy or just that the ground is wet. Then again, I don't do shows or would even keep our horses at a show barn. Too much drama (usually). I do get that the horses will get dirty and its a pain to clean them. Also, any grass will get ruined with them on it but that is why you should have a sacrifice area or just turn them loose in an arena. Horses won't shrink if they get wet. They need exercise to be healthy, both mentally and physically. That can't happen, locked in a stall.

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    Originally Posted by KylieHuitema    
    I honestly think they are eating it, but they get 5 flakes a day each of good hay and 4 quarts of high fat grain
    Is 5 flakes enough though when they don't have turnout? How much in weight do they get? Do they have hay left at the next feeding or is it gone before?

    Are they underweight? Why are they on high fat grain? What is in the grain/feed? If they are underweight, wouldn't more hay be better? It could be that the grain is giving them too much energy that they become destructive with chewing to release the excess energy.

    It could be the meds. Ask the vet if they could cause it. I haven't used it before so I don't know.
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        03-27-2013, 02:20 AM
      #13
    Trained
    My filly started doing this. She was also on the verge of loosing her milk teeth at the time, so "itchy teeth" might have led her to start. I threw everything at it at once, so not sure which of the efforts made her completely stop. We put motor oil (clean) on it, gave her multiple 3/4 inch rope toys w knots in them, and I upped the fat in her diet - really upped it. Bingo, she quit within days.
         
        03-27-2013, 12:51 PM
      #14
    Banned
    Sounds like she needs to be turned out.
    Like usandpets said she won't melt if she gets rained on. My horses would go nuts locked up in a stall 24 7. Most bad habits start from boredom and not enough turnout.

    My horses are out 24 7 with hay to eat 24 7 not one chews wood or cribs I would never keep a horse locked up. Their horses they need space to roam and just be horses.
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