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    12-31-2009, 10:25 AM
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My minis are beavers - Stopping wood chewing?

I have cute little miniature sized wood fences... Had, I guess you could say. We have ONE mini mare here who will not stop eating the wood. She has ruined two 4x4 posts to the run in (Salved that problem by covering them in metal) and she has ruined ten boards on the fence that have been re-placed - I'm sure she'll just eat the new ones as well.
She "beavers" right threw all of the wood. The other minis are starting now as well. They have three types of salt blocks, several toys and receive more than enough hay, she'll leave the hay for wood.

I've tried several spray on, paint on products like No Chew... didn't work.

Someone suggested used motor oil... didn't work.

When spring comes I will be making her a nice WIRE non edible fence however that's more than three months off and wood isn't cheap to fix!

Suggestions?

Shoot the mini is fastly becoming the #1 option (Just kidding, Joke...)
     
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    12-31-2009, 10:50 AM
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Wood chewing is most likely from boredom, try putting a barrel in there. If she's a cribber, usually you can never stop that habit. Does she crib in her stall?
     
    12-31-2009, 10:53 AM
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Lis
Yearling
You can buy cribbing collars so this may work as it will break the habit. Cribbing is usually started through boredom so like it has been suggested get some toys in there.
     
    12-31-2009, 10:56 AM
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Its not cribbing its eating the wood. Literally eating the board for a snack.

I'll try a barrel but she's a mini so she's about as a big as the barrel :)
We have other toys in there, she does not care. Like I said she has toys, salt and hay!

She is not stalled, she has a 1.5 acre pasture (fenced by WOOD) and a run-in (More WOOD) several buddies who are minis as well.
     
    12-31-2009, 11:01 AM
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Some cribbers eat wood. I'd try to get a non-wood fence, they are cheaper and easier to fix if broken. I wish I could afford to get an all wood fence. It was just way too much to keep with with. But if you did switch from wood to non wood then put a non-poisonous tree in there that she could chew on.

Or you could string an electric fence around your wood one.
     
    12-31-2009, 11:10 AM
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We have electric around her wood fence but the solar pannel fencer its on died this winter, something is wrong with the ground... the ground rod is under 2' of snow and ice in the frozen ground so that's stuck until spring as well.

And as I said - if we can make it until this spring she'll be getting her own wire non-edible fence... in the mean time its $5 a board for everything I'm replacing and $40 a piece for the big ones she ruined. Not sure how to get her to stop until the spring :(
     
    12-31-2009, 12:34 PM
  #7
Foal
Try buying like tobasco sauce or something super hot.....dont dilute it and put in some garlic or strong seasoning then put it in a spray bottle and spray it on :) my horse Baby Girl will do the same axcact thing :/ they get it on theyre lips and they will deffinetly stop you might have to repeat a few times if theyre really hardheaded my boy Petey cribs and will chew threw a 2x4 in less than a month....HE EVEN CRIBS WHILE HE EATS it goes bite,crib,bite,cribe ugh
     
    12-31-2009, 01:52 PM
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Foal
I know this won't work now cause it is to cold. In the spring paint all your wood with a latex based paint. My Beaver stopped munching on our boards after we painted them, It's the bare wood he really likes. It might work.
     
    12-31-2009, 02:10 PM
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Foal
Latex based paint!? That's not toxic to horses at all?? Wow didnt know that :)
     
    12-31-2009, 03:33 PM
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Trained
This stuff is absolutely foul!! We sprayed it on a tail bag to keep a tail chewer away from one of our horse's tail and it really works (it's fairly expensive though).
I was probably 50ft upwind when it was getting sprayed and I was coughing. It also claims not to cause blistering (which was true for us). It could work in your case.
     

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