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    05-23-2013, 08:35 AM
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Weanling
Cribbing horse!! Ugh!

So I've had horses for a handful of years and my grandma just got her first horse. Perfect horse for her except one problem, she cribs. Not only is that a problem in its own, but what infuriates me is that she LETS her! She has tried nothing to make her stop and her horse has busted 4 fence panels so far and mind you this horse also has a colt and my horse is in the same area. I've seen the colt Trying to copy his mother cribbing. She knows why and how bad cribbing is and in her horses case it's just an obsessive habit, I'm talking obsessiveeeeee. My grandma gets mad whenever the topic comes up about her horse breaking fences and needing to fix the cribbing and she says she doesn't want to talk about it and there isn't anything she can do bla bla and I keep saying yes there are options and way to try a cribbing collar, well to her that's not an option it's "in humane" when it doesn't even hurt them.. Anyways pearl snapped another panel this morning and my grandpa is to nice to lay down the law on making the cribbing stop. Grandma is just ignoring fixing the problem and I can't barely stand it anymore, it completely infuriates me.

What should I do? Are there other options to help break a horse with a serious addiction to cribbing?? They think the option is just to get heavier tubed panels!!!!!

I live with them because they are older and I help with the horses and outdoor work on the acreage.
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    05-23-2013, 08:48 AM
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Weanling
Cribbing is a stereotypic behavior. Its not something that is easy to fix one it's been going on for a long time. The best time to do is make sure the horse has hay 24-7. If you try to prevent the horse from cribbing it can make the horse super stressed...etc. I have dealt with a lot of horses that cribbed. There are a lot of things out there that say they help but all in all. It's a habit made from the horse.
     
    05-23-2013, 08:51 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Freemare    
Cribbing is a stereotypic behavior. Its not something that is easy to fix one it's been going on for a long time. The best time to do is make sure the horse has hay 24-7. If you try to prevent the horse from cribbing it can make the horse super stressed...etc. I have dealt with a lot of horses that cribbed. There are a lot of things out there that say they help but all in all. It's a habit made from the horse.
She cribs between nearly every bite and even while she's still chewing. She also woofs down her food and its not like we don't give her enough food and she always gets snacks etc.. Since she has a colt she's in a dry pen right now, do you think posturing her would help? The only problem is we live in cow country so all the pasture fences are barbed wire and we don't want the colt getting entangled.!
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    05-23-2013, 08:57 AM
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Weanling
It might help. She may also have some underlining problems such as ulcers. I have seen a few horses with them and they cribbed from it. Have you had her tested for ulcers?
     
    05-23-2013, 09:00 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Freemare    
It might help. She may also have some underlining problems such as ulcers. I have seen a few horses with them and they cribbed from it. Have you had her tested for ulcers?
No I haven't, I suppose I could suggest it just to take that off the table at the least or make sure. We bought her last year and apparently she's been cribbing most of her life and she's 12
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    05-23-2013, 09:06 AM
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Weanling
Well that's going to be super hard to fix. If she started when she was young and then was fixed from it. It should have been ok. But now its a habit. You can also try putting some "chew stop" on the things she chewing up. She may have also been board when she was younger. You can try putting some things in her stall. My horse loves those likit Likit Boredom Breaker | Horse treat, They come in lots of flavors. So you can find the one your horse likes that most.
     
    05-23-2013, 09:11 AM
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Weanling
Yeah, I could try to chew stop but as far as boredom I don't think the stall items will help, she is so concerned with cribbing sometimes, most times.. That she doesn't even pay attention to anything around her besides the fence and she even looks half in a trans.. Ugh this is so difficult.
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    05-23-2013, 09:21 AM
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Weanling
You could also try a cribber muzzle. It allows them to eat but not crib. It may however make her super stressed.
     
    05-23-2013, 05:23 PM
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I had been led to believe that many horses that cribbed had stomach ulcers but recent experiences from vets in the UK doing gastroscopes have found this not to be true.

Once a horse starts to crib seriously then it is practically impossible to stop them. Some will with a collar but most do not. As for the muzzles, with the one I tried it on he found a way to still crib by getting a edge of a post into the gap in the muzzle and cribbing.
This was one of the worse horses I have had that cribbed He started as a yearling whilst out in the filed with other yearlings. I thought I saw him do it on a rail one afternoon but dismissed it as he never did it again - until the next morning when he was going great guns.

I was determined to stop him and only when he was older did I manage (expensive to fix it all up) and he became so depressed that I gave up and let him do it.

I have had a few cribbers in my time and it has never done any of them any harm. I have never had one colic, look poor or ail in anyway.
     
    05-24-2013, 02:03 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by AlottaBitCountry    
She cribs between nearly every bite and even while she's still chewing. She also woofs down her food and its not like we don't give her enough food and she always gets snacks etc.. Since she has a colt she's in a dry pen right now, do you think posturing her would help? The only problem is we live in cow country so all the pasture fences are barbed wire and we don't want the colt getting entangled.!
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Try putting her hay in a small-hole haynet. It will keep her from wolfing it down. If she spends more time trying to get the hay it may give her a break from some of the cribbing. Hay net:

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You may need to be open to the idea that she may always crib though.
     

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