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  • My horse has started chewing
  • My horse has started bitting when i do the front straps up on her rug

 
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    12-20-2009, 07:22 PM
  #1
Weanling
Chewing...

In the last few weeks my horse has started chewing, EVERYTHING. She will stick her head into the office and start chewing on the couch, if you leave a rug or saddle or anything for that matter hanging on the fence she chews it and then throws it to the ground. On tuesday I was about to go out on a ride and I seen her standing at the gate chewing on the fence, which is wire!

Since the chewing she has more recently started to bite, if you stand there long enough or take too long doing up the chest straps, she has a nibble...


What the?
     
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    12-20-2009, 07:44 PM
  #2
Foal
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Originally Posted by Attitude05    
In the last few weeks my horse has started chewing, EVERYTHING. She will stick her head into the office and start chewing on the couch, if you leave a rug or saddle or anything for that matter hanging on the fence she chews it and then throws it to the ground. On tuesday I was about to go out on a ride and I seen her standing at the gate chewing on the fence, which is wire!

Since the chewing she has more recently started to bite, if you stand there long enough or take too long doing up the chest straps, she has a nibble...


What the?

You should call the vet or/and dentist. Check her teeth for they may be hurting her. Otherwise, is she being fed? Does she have any meds and if so what are the side affects? Ask yourself these questions.

Good luck and I hope you figure it out.
     
    12-20-2009, 07:47 PM
  #3
Weanling
Had the vet and dentist check her, and yes she does get fed...
     
    12-20-2009, 07:53 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by Attitude05    
had the vet and dentist check her, and yes she does get fed...
Has she been acting funny? Maybe she's showing a sign of pain through chewing. Maybe it could just be cribbing but on everything...
     
    12-20-2009, 07:56 PM
  #5
Weanling
Is cribbing different to wind sucking?
     
    12-20-2009, 08:02 PM
  #6
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Attitude05    
is cribbing different to wind sucking?

Cribbing is chewing on wood. Have you ever seen those chewing collars? Those prevent horses from chewing on wood because horses can mess up property (ie fences, stalls etc). It means that horses chew/bite on wood...
     
    12-20-2009, 08:15 PM
  #7
Banned
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Originally Posted by MythRider    
Cribbing is chewing on wood. Have you ever seen those chewing collars? Those prevent horses from chewing on wood because horses can mess up property (ie fences, stalls etc). It means that horses chew/bite on wood...
Cribbing and wind sucking are basically the same thing. Wood chewing is totally different. Wood chewing is often associated with some kind of diet defiency....some horses will eat the bark off of a tree if they have nothing else to eat. But generally it as seen as a destructive behavior. Cribbing/windsucking is when the horse grips on to something solid (fence/stall door....my TB does it to his cement partition in his stall) with its top teeth, pulls back and grunts/sucks air/etc. There are lots of different causes to this, but mostly it can be treated with more excercise. A good way to determine if its cribbing or wood chewing is to look out at your fences. Do you find pieces of splintered wood on the ground, or have they magically disappeared?

I would say that this could be a boredom habit. Some horses are naturally more mouthy, as in the like to test things with their mouth. But if she's biting, it also can be a dominance issue. Start correcting her immediately.
     
    12-20-2009, 08:20 PM
  #8
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by justsambam08    
Cribbing and wind sucking are basically the same thing. Wood chewing is totally different. Wood chewing is often associated with some kind of diet defiency....some horses will eat the bark off of a tree if they have nothing else to eat. But generally it as seen as a destructive behavior. Cribbing/windsucking is when the horse grips on to something solid (fence/stall door....my TB does it to his cement partition in his stall) with its top teeth, pulls back and grunts/sucks air/etc. There are lots of different causes to this, but mostly it can be treated with more excercise. A good way to determine if its cribbing or wood chewing is to look out at your fences. Do you find pieces of splintered wood on the ground, or have they magically disappeared?

I would say that this could be a boredom habit. Some horses are naturally more mouthy, as in the like to test things with their mouth. But if she's biting, it also can be a dominance issue. Start correcting her immediately.

Yeah I got my facts mixed up... Thanks.
     
    12-20-2009, 08:41 PM
  #9
Trained
Justsambam pretty much said it all. My mare chews on wood, I think with her it's mostly boredom, she's been doing it practically her whole life. She's really smart, and just a basic workout routine isn't enough to occupy her. As justsambam said, chewing on wood is most often because a horse is missing something in their diet. Does your horse have access to a salt or trace mineral lick? Any other loose minerals? Is your horse on a balanced diet? If you're sure that's not it, and that she's not in pain, my guess is she's bored. Be careful though, it's contagious, and any other horse she's with could pick it up.
     
    12-21-2009, 04:10 AM
  #10
Started
I'd have her checked/treat her for ulcers.
     

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