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  • Cribbing is it a learned behavior from other horses if my horse is stalled next to the cribber
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    07-20-2012, 10:38 AM
Definitely a deal breaker for me unless the horse was amazing at a steal of a price - but I would still think long and hard about it. Cribbing is sometimes caused by, and sometimes causes gastrointestinal issues. It can be destructive to their teeth as well as the fencing/property. Resale may be affected as well, as I know a lot of people won't look at a cribber.
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    07-20-2012, 01:08 PM
Having a cribber, I would never buy one again. Mine cribs regardless of collar or pasture management. His teeth need to be floated by a knowledgeable equine dentist at least yearly if not every six months and he's a much harder keeper (that's up for debate on if the cribbing could be considered a cause).

I will say that I find the people that claim cribbing is a learned vice - as in a non-cribber stalled next to a cribber will learn to do it - is a load of doody. If that was the case then why don't all of my horses crib? This, however, does seem to be a common mentality and is causing a bit of an issue while i'm looking for a place to board. Ugh.
    07-20-2012, 04:39 PM
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^^ we had a cribber at my barn pastured with two other non cribbers. One picked up the habit and the other started trying to crib on buckets. He was promptly separated from the others.

I would say no never. Cribbing just kind of takes over their lives, like an addict. I've tried my hardest to make a crib proof paddock. Electric wire on the inside on the fencing (keeping them about a foot from it), McNasty on the metal gate and no buckets. It took him a few hours to figure out how to crib on the side of the run in shed. In a couple weeks the brand new thousand dollar shed was damaged.
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    07-20-2012, 09:46 PM
I didn't know that horses could learn that from one another....

    07-20-2012, 10:00 PM
Absolute deal breaker for me. The horse would have to be a million $ horse and meet my measly budget for me to even consider it.
    07-20-2012, 10:29 PM
Deal breaker for me as well. I have one here and she will be the last. She is not manageable, we've tried every option over the years aside from a shock collar and at 25 years old it's too much of an ingrained habit to try now. She is a fantastic mare otherwise and the best babysitter I've got but she is destructive. She trashes fence posts, stall doors (on the rare occasion she is in for an hour, she has a party) and has ruined her teeth. I love her dearly, have been riding her for 20 years but once she is gone I won't ever have another one on my farm.
    07-20-2012, 10:40 PM
Deal breaker for me, too. I have a cribber who has been cribbing for the twenty-two years we've owned him, and the sound of it grates on my nerves. When I see him do it I yell at him and he stops, and he has learned not to do it while I'm around or he'll get in trouble. He still does it plenty when I'm not there, but at least I don't have to listen to it.

He has a mineral block, which distracts him from windsucking occasionally, but not enough to permenantly divert his attention. I never give him treats when he's in a stall as he cribs horribly after eating snacks.

However, you shouldn't be concerned that the behavior will be adopted by other horses stabled near him. Studies have been done that show it's not learned by watching others do it.
    07-20-2012, 11:26 PM
Thank you all for the input. I will still probably go look at him but he will have to be that much more awesome for me to buy him. He's a steal pricewise but that may be partially because of the cribbing. I originally wasn't interested because of it but my trainer said to at least go look. He wouldn't be banned from my barn at least.
    07-23-2012, 11:45 AM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
However, you shouldn't be concerned that the behavior will be adopted by other horses stabled near him. Studies have been done that show it's not learned by watching others do it.
exactly. Thank you.

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