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post #1 of 33 Old 03-09-2011, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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help! he's a beaver!

so i've completely fallen head over heels for our new TB Charlie. My mother hates him and wants him gone! Especially because he's a major Beaver. At first it wasn't bad. He was just eating the bark off all the trees (now all our trees in the pasture look silly!!) but before he came to us he was a stable kept horse, which is not the setup we have here. He truely doesn't like the rain and will stay in the barns and shed all day. But our barns are made of wood... so he EATS them like mad! I know a cribbing collar wont help. But we are leasing the property so we really don't have the means for him to eat THEIR barn. I've heard putting some kind of hot sauce on the wood would work. I could try adding toys but I doubt he'd really be interested in them. And I know it's done from boredom which is why he does it more in the stables while it's raining. And I really don't want the other horses to pick up on it. Any suggestions?


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post #2 of 33 Old 03-09-2011, 06:29 PM
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Does he have access to hay 24/7? If he doesn't, that would be the first thing that I try. After that, I prefer to use pepper spray to stop chewers. Some horses can eat right past your grocery store hot sauce (Tabasco, Louisiana hot sauce, etc).

This is the brand that I happen to have, I brought it with me from my last job.
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Just spray it on all the wood he is chewing and try to avoid getting any on your hands/fingers. Also, make sure to stand upwind of it so that none of the spray/fumes gets on your face. It's not dangerous, it will just make you miserable for a day or 2.

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post #3 of 33 Old 03-09-2011, 06:49 PM
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Have you considered that he is missing something in his diet? Our horses were chewing pretty bad and our local feed store guy suggested Purina Free Balance. Purina Horse Feeds - NATURE'S ESSENTIALS We used the block and it stopped a lot of the chewing. Not all, but a lot.

I have never found a spray or hot sauce that really worked or lasted for any length of time. You could possibly wrap the trees with small holed wire. This will also work for anyplace on the barn you can bend the wire over and staple down. PLEASE MAKE SURE that the staples are long and strong enough to stay in place. This can be easily removed when you are no longer leasing.
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post #4 of 33 Old 03-09-2011, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know if I like the wire idea. It would work but I just feel that if they rubbed up against it the wrong way it could do more damage than good. Diet could be a possibility. But the other horses don't do it. And he's done it since day one when he got here, and does it even more when he hides in the barn from the rain with nothing to do.

Smrobs. How long does the pepper spray usually last? 2 weeks or so? And you just re do it every 2 weeks? And how much of a coating would you suggest on the wood. I'm not really worried about the trees. Just mainly the poor old barn lol!


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if you want to go down the path of painting/spraying for fences to stop him I suggest using old motor oil. When painted on doesnt look messy at all, and it has stoped every horse I've used in it on in there tracks.

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post #6 of 33 Old 03-09-2011, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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would probably be cheaper to get ahold of too.. especially since we've always mixed that with hoof shine stuff on their hooves on occasion.


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Smrobs. How long does the pepper spray usually last? 2 weeks or so? And you just re do it every 2 weeks? And how much of a coating would you suggest on the wood. I'm not really worried about the trees. Just mainly the poor old barn lol!
If it is inside out of the rain, then it will last quite a while. I don't know exactly how long, I've never tested it but I just spray when I notice them chewing and then spray again if/when I notice them chewing again. I have had to spray twice (each in a different location) in my new barn since I moved the horses in at the end of January. I've not seen the horses chewing anywhere I sprayed since then. With it being an oily residue, it takes some time to wear off and it would also take a very large amount of heavy rain to wash it away. For a coat, I normally just use one swipe of spray thickness. It does discolor the wood a bit but it really isn't that obvious.

I know that a lot of people use old motor oil and have success with it but, maybe it's just my own little tic, I would worry that it wasn't really edible and I would constantly wonder whether it would make him sick if he ingested any of it.

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Yup. I noticed Siaga chewing through his stall. I took a dish out of the cupboard, and filled with strong tasting things, chili powder, garlic, onion, thyme, etc... Filled the dish up with water, and let it soak over night, then painted the water on the boards. Stopped him in his tracks.

Also, he made the greatest face ever at the taste. I should have taken a camera with me that morning.

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post #9 of 33 Old 03-11-2011, 01:36 AM
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Maybe he needs a chew like a hamster! JK. The only thing I can think of is putting a bad tasting spray on everything as the other posters have said. It sounds like a habit to me rather than something missing in his diet. You should check it out anyways.

Does he have a lot of forage in his diet? Maybe he doesn't have enough.
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post #10 of 33 Old 03-11-2011, 05:22 AM Thread Starter
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right now, no he doesn't have alot of forage. He's in about a 2 acre pasture with 6 other horses. Not alot of grass left, but we are in the process of fencing in about 2000feet of this HUGE field so they can have grass. Can't wait till we get it done


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