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    10-01-2008, 11:54 AM
Wow, iridehorses! That's really something!
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    10-01-2008, 12:25 PM
Wow that is really some thing!!!, star is fed at 8 a.m and then turned out at 8:30 for the day, comes in around 6 for dinner and then turned out again till well after dark....at night he is in a pen with our pony with plenty of water and hay !! We just went against our vet and changed his feed from a mare and foal feed to a custom mix that we have our feed mill mix for us, we thought that he was only cribbing in the pen area but it seems that he's cribbing on the back of my garage ( my paddock backs on to it) and even the trees.........
    10-02-2008, 11:24 AM
I've had a lot of horses over the years but only a couple that were cribbers.

In my experience....

Once they start, they don't stop.

Nothing I tried to coat things with ever worked. If the coating tasted nasty enough, the horse simply found somewhere else to crib.

The "Miracle" type collars have always worked for me but they have to be adjusted correctly. And know ahead of time that while they may work when on the horse, they will not cure a horse of cribbing. As soon as the collar comes off, they're right back at it.

Cribbing is not a harmless vice and will lead to several health problems. Some of which are ulcers, mis-aligned teeth and weight loss.
So....by all means, do SOMETHING to stop it.

Good luck.
    10-03-2008, 10:21 AM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val
Originally Posted by My2Geldings
Another option might be to run electric wire a feet off your main fence to remove everything he might crib on.
The true cribber ALWAYS finds what to crib on: bucket, water bucket, stall, etc...
No doubt, but it will prevent wrecking the fence.
    10-05-2008, 05:56 PM
Green Broke
My neighbor's newly purchased young horse is a bad cribber. He is either 4 or 5.

She had a cribbing hat on him but took it off because it blistered him really bad and was only marginally successful.

She has had success with cribbing rings.

It cost her $60 to have the rings put in and the vet does take them back out after a period of time.

This horse is already a die-hard, addicted-to-cribbing fella, so she knows she will most likely have to have rings put in his mouth periodically.

The rings look inhumane, but they're not, and common sense would dictate that "only a trained professional" put them in. Plus their success rate, appears to be higher than cribbing collars or hats.

I thank my lucky stars I've never had a cribber, but if I did, I would be trying this piercing method
    03-27-2009, 08:56 PM
I think different people have success with different things. My one friend has a very mild cribber or more so she just chews on the wood, but that could turn into full blown cribbing, and she sprayed all the wood with cinnamon spray and she has not touched the wood since. Collars workd for some, and some don't, there are also cribbing muzzles you could try. I would say just start trying things before something bad happens, like colic, ulcers, bad teeth.
    03-27-2009, 09:52 PM
DO NOT feed more oats! That's the worst thing you can do for a cribber. Your best option is to feed low quality hay (not moldy, just hay with a lower concentration of nutrients) either free choice or as much as you can per day (ideally 5-6 times per day). If your horse is stalled you can also try distracting him with toys. If he is outside then turn him out with an active and playful buddy who will keep him engaged and not cribbing. Ideally he could be out with a herd.
As for discouraging the cribbing, a collar will help for some time until e figures his way around it. Painting surfaces will also help (I've heard the motor oil and cayenne works, but beware if you show, the cayenne will show up in drug tests). Your best option is an entire routine change - increasing turnout, feeding a lot more often and giving him buddies. This along with the collar and painting surfaces could curb his cribbing nearly entirely.

If you are really desperate to stop the cribbing, you can look into installing a "cribbing ring". This is a fairly drastic measure though, and if your horse is fairly new to cribbing it can stop it fast and forever.
The Horse: "Cribbing Rings" Give Stall Walls and Fences a Break
    03-28-2009, 12:34 PM
My warmblood was a cribber when I got him. I refused to put a collar on him, I think those things are horrible because the horse is cribbing FOR A REASON and it's my job as an owner to figure out why and fix it. I see horses all the time who have those collars cranked down and still crib.

I did more research on cribbing and found that horses a lot of times will crib because of digestive upset due to ulcers/other pain/stress and excess acid in the stomach which could be a result of not getting enough forage through the day. Being turned out 24/7 is best and the horse should have free-choice hay all day long. The amount of grain the horse gets should be as little as possible and the hay shouldn't be high in sugar. Alfalfa hay or an alfalfa mix hay acts as a natural buffer on the stomach, so feeding a couple flakes of that a day can really help.

When I got my warmblood home unfortunately I couldn't keep him at my own house, I boarded him over at a friends private barn. He was not getting enough to eat and lost a lot of weight quickly....he was very overweight anyway but he shouldn't have lost that much that quickly. I wasn't too pleased with the situation so I decided to try a product called SettleEx. It's a powder you put in the grain and it helps reduce excess acid in the stomach. It's distributed by FeedMark, www.feedmark.com That really helped him out a lot. When I was finally able to get him home to my own house he was out 24/7 and had free choice hay all day long. I then decided to treat him for ulcers b/c he was still cribbing some and after treatment he all but stopped cribbing. When he did crib I noticed that it was almost like he thought he had to, like it was a pattern. So I would interrupt that pattern and back him away from the wall and that was the end of it. He only had the opportunity to crib when I fed so I was there each time he tried.

We recently moved to a new place and there is this one section of fence where he could crib if he wanted to but there is not one tooth mark on that fence. He hasn't even tried to crib.

I disagree with the idea that other horses will "pick up the behavior." IMO that is completely wrong. It's just a myth.
    03-28-2009, 09:07 PM
We have three (well, two now) cribbers in the barn. They all wear collars and they seem to work...but I don't watch them for hours on end either.

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