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post #1 of 9 Old 04-28-2014, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, call me crazy but a year ago I purchased a very green OTTB. Actually, let me rephrase that... my PARENTS bought me a very green OTTB. I was free leasing him and he was doing very well with me so I was not worried BUT he is a cribber. *collective gasp from the peanut gallery* I have already had to put up with snobs and people looking down on us for "being cruel" and "endangering their horses" (I don't personally believe that cribbing is communicable, but rather if there is a barn full of cribbers, something is wrong with the way the barn is managed. But that is for another time). ANYWAYYY back on topic, he gets almost 24/7 turnout unless we are showing, has an impeccable diet, wears a miracle collar, etc etc etc. He can't crib too much in his stall and we put his buckets on the floor (never spill knock on wood). But in the pasture at out new barn (recently moved) he has been pulling down fences in the night. We have now rigged up a smaller (less grassy ) paddock with electric tape across all the top fence boards. We haven't tried it yet, but I would much rather him be turned out in the larger pasture with better grazing as he is not an easy keeper. I will be moving away in the fall and he is coming with me. I found a wonderful barn owner that is willing to work with us and his cribbing and to make all the adjustments necessary to deter him. However only so much can be done to keep his stall free of stuff to crib on and the stalls where I am moving are easy to crib on. I am going to be purchasing a cribbing muzzle soon and a breakaway padded halter to keep on him if he is in an area where "crib worthy" material is available. AKA any horizontal or vertical surface not electrified. There are two that I am looking at
1. Basic Vinyl Bar Cribbing Muzzle - Statelinetack.com

2. Basic Aluminum Cribbing Muzzle - Statelinetack.com

Does anyone have experience with muzzles? I cannot use grazing muzzles (small holes) as him gaining too much weight is not a problem. Pros and cons? Tips? Tricks? At this point I am not entertaining any other collars as none work on him.

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post #2 of 9 Old 04-28-2014, 09:33 PM
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Hi, I have experience with the first one you posted (red metal & fleece muzzle with clips). When it came in the mail my son was excited because he thought I got him an umpires mask, LOL!!
I liked that muzzle, it did the job well and didn't keep the horse from eating or drinking at all and he never got caught on anything. It was easy to put on, He wore it on an all leather halter so if he got hung up into something it would break.
Turns out this particular horse wasn't cribbing. Just chewing fence boards because he didn't have enough hay/grass and chewing time over the winter period. The chewing stopped with adding more hay and minerals in his feed. I still have that muzzle after all these years and it has held up well (no rust) and the fleece washes clean. Good luck!
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I've had experience with the first one... They figure out how to crib with it on. To be honest they all figure out how to crib with just about any of the devices. I've tried to make a paddock where it was impossible for the horse to crib. I ran electric tape a foot around the inside of the fence so he couldn't reach the rail. That didn't stop him. He cribbed on the gate. McNastyed the gate. He didn't care. Electrified the gate and he found a single post that wasn't blocked by the fence. Blocked that and he would crib on the verticle edges of his run in shed....

Cribbers are like addicts. You can lock them in a house and they will jump out a window. Try to protect your assets and they will figure out how to steal them. Your try to deter them, but it never works.

Also, have you had a vet check on him? And have you tried aloe juice?
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Thank you! I will be trying the red one with the fleece, but will probably end up purchasing both as they are not too expensive. At this point I am attempting to cater to the facilities and not having my horse pull on things and be destructive. Protecting his teeth is also on the agenda.

Hoovesandpaws- Is the fleece removable?
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I would order the black on, not red. The red one he will be able to catch his teeth on it. The black one will prevent that.
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I would order the black on, not red. The red one he will be able to catch his teeth on it. The black one will prevent that.
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Would that be the one with part of it nylon?
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Yes, with the vertical bars.
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Jumper Princess-No I don't think so. I just hit it with the hose and let dry in the sun, no problems. And the horses wearing this have never caught teeth on it. It's designed smooth, no surfaces to catch.
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post #9 of 9 Old 05-05-2014, 07:22 PM
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I'm curious about the nylon one with the aluminum grate- it looks identical to the Best Friend cribbing muzzle, which I've heard good things about, but at half the price.

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