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post #11 of 19 Old 12-23-2010, 03:53 PM
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Hay has nothing to do with it for sure. Mine get lots of hay, so they are warm and full and then have to find some fun (as they are just 6). During summer they graze, but now there is no grass at all, so all fun is in eating the trees and shed. May be suggested muzzle is the only way to go (but personally I really dislike muzzles).
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post #12 of 19 Old 12-23-2010, 04:02 PM
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Soda does it too. I haven't figured out anything to stop it yet. Maybe some of these suggestions will help.
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I have found (as mean as it sounds) that pepper spray works for my horses. I have several cans from where I used to work and decided to try it after some of my guys started chewing the lip of my new water tanks. I just sprayed some around the outside edge and they don't chew anymore. The only problem with using that though, would be that it will stain your wood orange.

Oh, and if you use that, make sure that you don't get any on your fingers and stand beside the wind (neither upwind nor downwind) when you are spraying it .

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I have found (as mean as it sounds) that pepper spray works for my horses. I have several cans from where I used to work and decided to try it after some of my guys started chewing the lip of my new water tanks. I just sprayed some around the outside edge and they don't chew anymore. The only problem with using that though, would be that it will stain your wood orange.

Oh, and if you use that, make sure that you don't get any on your fingers and stand beside the wind (neither upwind nor downwind) when you are spraying it .

This is the brand that I have. Just to give you an idea of how powerful it is, the hotness of peppers is rated on the Scoville heat scale. Your typical jalapeņo rates between 2,500 and 8,000. This stuff is rated at over 2 million LOL.
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Hot pepper products work the best in my experience, too...but as you say, you want it to be as hot as you can get, it does stain wood, and eventually dilutes from the rain. Luckily, I've never needed anything hotter than cheap store brand hot sauce.

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Is there even a way, to "Teach" a horse that chewing wood is bad? I think it's impossible to so do. It is a vice, like cribbing is - and you cannot teach a horse to not crib.

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Is there even a way, to "Teach" a horse that chewing wood is bad? I think it's impossible to so do. It is a vice, like cribbing is - and you cannot teach a horse to not crib.
Although we may consider it a vice, wood chewing is quite natural to horses just like stripping the bark from trees. Except for making it less appealing (e.g. Pepper) or running a hot wire on wood fences, I think it's pretty much a lost cause.

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I used to use duct tape. They hated the feel of it on their teeth. And also Carpet (Providing that they don't actually EAT it) Works as well.

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I've always used muzzles. Or put these metal strips along the wooden areas of the barn/pasture. What about hot wire?
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post #19 of 19 Old 04-26-2011, 02:55 PM
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Crib off seems pretty effective, but is basically expensive creosote. Perhaps try surgical alcohol, as that's what it smells like? Don't know if this would damage the wood though.

Other than that, pair your fencing with electric tape, but allow your horse something to chew, like a big cherry wood log. And it also can be a sign of vitamin defficiency, so I would provide a mineral lick.
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