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post #1 of 8 Old 10-23-2008, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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How to stop wood chewing?

My colt has picked up this nasty habit and I'm trying to find a solution. I bought a bottle of McNasty's, but he actually LIKES the taste: I sprayed some on the edge of his stall and watched him lick it off like a lollypop More turnout is not an option at my barn: he gets about 14 hours a day, but the won't do full 24 hour. I've ordered him one of those Lickit toys in the hope that something more food-oriented than his jolly ball will keep him occupied. Is there something worse than McNasty's that might keep him from chewing?
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-23-2008, 02:34 PM
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You can use turpentine, but it is toxic, so I would try just a little to see if he'll lick that one too, lol.

The best cure for boredom is food. Have them load him up with grass, bermuda, or timothy hay, so he always has some in front of him. If he gains too much weight, cut back on his grain.
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you can also try bitter apple...its for dogs but it is non toxic and has worked for me....try hot sauce too!! hot sauce mixed with vaseline and put that on the wood....hopefully he won't like a hot mouth.

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You can try a cribbing collar, it has worked for people I know.

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post #5 of 8 Old 10-24-2008, 12:06 AM
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I've heard of success with hot sauce or Tabasco sauce too. I supposed mixing it with vaseline will make it smooth on better and stay waterproof.

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Well there is plent of things to try.

Like hot sauce, mixed with vaseline (worked with my stallions colt!). You could also use a wide range of foods. Plenty of hay, maybe oats (maybe not). I use to give him pieces of apples in his food bucket and he loved that so maybe try that! Also try asking people at your barn, they might know some stuff!

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i waisted money on a cribbing didn't work on my horse at all.....stalking up on rebuild every thing he cribs on....will sell cribbing collar though....
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Lot of good advice, thanks! I'll try some of this stuff and post an update next week.
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