Originally Posted by whitetrashwarmblood
I've always thought that ulcers were one of the causes of it. I could be wrong tho...
I've taken care of three cribbers in my life. Two of them were OTTBs, and one was a QH gelding. I think once they figure out how to crib, it becomes an addiction. Even if they no longer have ulcers or are bored, they still like to crib. The OTTB mare I took care of (who was a cribber) was bred once she was healthy, had a colt, and he's now 6 years old and has never cribbed or tried to in his life.
It wouldn't surprise me though that horses that are stuck in a stall most of the day learn this behavior.
Ulcers and cribbing are cause by the same things but not by each other. Cribbing and wood chewing are habitual. So they will continue to do them.
Originally Posted by Brookside Stables
Our 4yo mare started cribbing a year ago, we had bought her 6 months before it started.
It was not a learned behavior as no other horse on the property cribs. It is also not a boredom issue, as she is either worked or turned out daily.
She only cribs on certain things so we stear clear of those area, she also never chews.
The vet checks her teeth every 6 months for damage, so far there is none. If she starts to damage her teeth we will put a grazing muzzle on her when she is most proned to cribbing, but so far we are able to avoid those places.
I owned another cribber as a teenager. He cribbed when we bought him and his teeth were horrible even at 5 years of age. He was a spectacular event horse and we dealt with his 'addiction.'
I'm not trying to start anything, but just help find out what may have caused it.
You say she is turned out daily, but for how long? She can be bored in a stall. If she finishes her hay quickly, what else is she to do for the rest of the time? When it started, was there something that caused her stress or anxiety? A new horse next to her or a horse that left? She may have cribbed before, but the change in owner or the new setting culd have been enough stimulation for her not to crib. Just some ideas.