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post #1 of 6 Old 08-30-2009, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Wood Chewwer!

Hey guys just curious to know if there's any reason my mare that hasn't had the habit in last 3 years suddenly developes this wood chewing habit in her stall? Feeding routines haven't changed. She is stalled overnight and let out by 7:30 am. There is a rescue horse in the stall next to her now but nothing else has changed. My husband says leave salt blocks in the stall instead of the pasture, she may be lacking minerals or nutrients. Anyone have any ideas of how I can stop this. Thanks
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-30-2009, 03:47 PM
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It could have come up from pain, have you had her teeth checked recently or is she showing any signs of colic? Or she could be bored, you may try one of those happy ball type things hung in her stall. How much work is she getting? Every day or 3 times a week or just occasionally?
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She gets a once a wk ride due to the football and cheer schedule my kids and I have over the nxt 6 wks. But this chewing has never occured before when our riding schedules changed so I didn't think of that. I may have to get some type of amusement ball or toys for her stall which is a great suggestion. Never thought of that. Her teeth were floated in November but we haven't checked her teeth since then so that might be something I need to do. Thanks for the quick response greatly appreciated SMROBS!
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-30-2009, 04:20 PM
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Heck, no problem. I hope you find something that works. If all else fails, they have this stuff that you can spray on the wood that will make it either really spicy or bitter to discourage chewing.

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-30-2009, 05:29 PM
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Stall toys might help for cribbing.

Sometimes they learn that bad habit from other horses. Does the rescue horse next door have that habit? Might have picked it up from that one.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-31-2009, 08:28 AM
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My horses do that and it just seems to be a way to fill stall time on the rare occasion that they're in overnight. Your mare either picked it up from the new horse or figured it out for herself, it's a pretty common habit I believe.
No-Chew works great, spray or paint it on the edges where they chew and they learn pretty quick to knock it off, mine did anyway.

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