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post #1 of 3 Old 06-06-2011, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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stressed cribber/tongue chewer

my friend's horse is extremely stressful all the time. he is anxious and constantly cribs and/or tongue chews even when in the field with pasture mates with fresh hay and round bales. he cribs through a traditional as well as a leather cribbing collar and gives himself rubs. cribbing supplements haven't worked either. he is 19 and semi-retired, in a stall at night and out during the day.

are there any suggestions on what to use to keep him from stressing everything? he is a rescue off the track and she has had him for about 5 years now but every time the weather changes, it rains, anything - he gets stressed and drops weight and fidgets. even when things are consistent he is fidgety and stressed and is an extremely hard keeper.

he is currently on supps for ulcers as well as joint and hoof. any thoughts? he is not flighty or spooky - just stressed even when not in regular work.


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post #2 of 3 Old 06-06-2011, 01:03 PM
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Oooh, whew - I'm sorry to hear that!

I would contact SmartPak and discuss this with a consultant. I talk with them often about issues with Nelson, and they give great advice - what I like the most about them, is that the consultant doesn't push their products on you. They suggest, they explain why, and the in's and out's of what they do suggest.

I would say a calming supplement - but it could also be diet, or the herd situation, it could be a number of reasons. What does the vet say?

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horse has been like this for YEARS and been an incessant cribber since he came off the track over a decade ago. doesn't matter herd or diet - nothing seems to help long term. he misses being in work but if he's worked too much then there's another issue. he is semi retired bc he has chronic back issues due to the cribbing.

smartpak doesn't have any supplements that we've found that have worked.

vet says keep trying whatever it takes - it's not at all medical. was considering - we have one for the rescue but idk if the owner can afford one herself or to rent ours (as it's not cheap). it's worked for other high stress horses and studies show that it's good to help cribbers.

i also think the horse picking up on the owner's stress to be honest. gah the whole thing sucks :(

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