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.
(he's worth it though I promise )