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post #1 of 6 Old 05-07-2010, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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How to stop horses chewing each others' manes?

My two geldings are always mutually grooming each other. Literally all the time! In summer, they ripped each others fly rugs from it, but now they are not rugged because they aren't getting bitten from insects.
But now there's another problem, they are ruining each other's manes by chewing on each other's crest, like where the mane starts.
The arab/belgian used to have this gorgeous think long blond mane, but its getting thinner and shorter. I groom them daily but that's as much as I can.

I think its great that they get along well enough to be mutually grooming each other...I just don't really want them destroying their manes.
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-07-2010, 07:14 AM
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A little hot sauce (anything with cayenne pepper) will keep most horses from chewing on almost anything.

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A grazing muzzle may help if you can't keep them separated.

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A little hot sauce (anything with cayenne pepper) will keep most horses from chewing on almost anything.
Does that cause issues or anything with their mouth?


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Does that cause issues or anything with their mouth?
No issues. It was recommended to us years ago by our breeder friends who have been in the horse business 40+ years. I've never seen a horse even attempt to chew on something with cayenne pepper once they smell it.

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No issues. It was recommended to us years ago by our breeder friends who have been in the horse business 40+ years. I've never seen a horse even attempt to chew on something with cayenne pepper once they smell it.
That makes sense!! I know that I wouldn't chew on anything that smelled like cayenne pepper!!!


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