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    12-28-2012, 07:32 PM
  #1
Weanling
my mare licks steel fence panels, and cribs.

This is not that big of a deal so much when its summer or something, but now that its winter I am starting to wonder.

Maybe this is just a silly concept, but im worried she's going to get her tongue stuck to the panels. They are steel panels. I already had a little bit of wet hands and went to open the gate chain and it stuck to my fingers, I would just hate for her tongue to stick to the fence.

**When we got her she also had a problem with cribbing, and still does.
I already know alot of you will probably have a hay day ripping my butt about it, so please spare me for I already know.

She doesnt do it on wood, only on the steel fence panels. She doesnt do it as much as when we first got her, because everytime im out there I make her knock it off.

She does it mainly while she is eating, she eats some, goes to the fence, licks it and then pulls while sucking in the air through her mouth, then goes back to eating some and does this the whole time. She even ripped a steel bar off one of the fences from doing it so hard and so often.

Besides a cribbing collar, any suggestions?
     
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    12-28-2012, 07:59 PM
  #2
Yearling
I would get vinegar, hot sauce or some other unpleasant smelling and tasting stuff and put it in a spray bottle (if its hot sauce or something thick, dilute it with water first, vinegars probably the best option) and spray it on all the panels she chooses to lick. She'll get a nasty tasting surprise lol.
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    12-29-2012, 09:13 AM
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The first thing I would think of would be ulcers. Many horses start cribbing because of ulcers and then the habit stays.

How many hours a day does she have hay available? The longer a horse goes between hay feeding the more prone they are to getting ulcers.

The second thing I would think of would be a mineral deficiency, particularly a Calcium (Ca) deficiency. Ca deficiencies are more likely when a horse is eating only grass and grass hays and grain. Alfalfa -- not so much.

If this horse is eating a diet of grass hay and grain products, I would put out a free choice loose mineral that is no for than 12% salt and has at least 3 or 4 times as much Ca in it as it has Phosphorus (P). This stops most licking and chewing of wood, metal surfaces and dirt. It usually stops it immediately.

We have gotten in new horses like this and they attacked the mineral like grain. They actually left grain to eat it until they got caught up on the Ca they needed.

A good loose mineral also has a high level of Vitamin A in it. The one we use also has Magnesium (Mg) and Zinc (Zn) in it. It runs about $20.00 for a 50# bag and we keep it out all of the time.

It is always better to fix the cause. The cribbing is probably not going to stop the the licking and chewing can.
     
    12-29-2012, 09:36 AM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Cherie    
The first thing I would think of would be ulcers. Many horses start cribbing because of ulcers and then the habit stays.

How many hours a day does she have hay available? The longer a horse goes between hay feeding the more prone they are to getting ulcers.

The second thing I would think of would be a mineral deficiency, particularly a Calcium (Ca) deficiency. Ca deficiencies are more likely when a horse is eating only grass and grass hays and grain. Alfalfa -- not so much.

If this horse is eating a diet of grass hay and grain products, I would put out a free choice loose mineral that is no for than 12% salt and has at least 3 or 4 times as much Ca in it as it has Phosphorus (P). This stops most licking and chewing of wood, metal surfaces and dirt. It usually stops it immediately.

We have gotten in new horses like this and they attacked the mineral like grain. They actually left grain to eat it until they got caught up on the Ca they needed.

A good loose mineral also has a high level of Vitamin A in it. The one we use also has Magnesium (Mg) and Zinc (Zn) in it. It runs about $20.00 for a 50# bag and we keep it out all of the time.

It is always better to fix the cause. The cribbing is probably not going to stop the the licking and chewing can.
i feed them twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening and occasionally a flake in the afternoon. They get different hay every other day, one day they get special 5 kind blend, and next day they get prairie hay. Just every other day off and on. They each get multivitamins 2x a day as well. Morning and evening. And I also have a mineral block and a salt block available to her, maybe I need to get the different salt and minerals? In a bag you say?
     
    12-29-2012, 10:41 AM
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Mineral blocks are usually just 955 or more salt and a few 'trace minerals'. These are not the minerals a horse needs. Unless a horse is getting a lot of alfalfa to eat, they are usually missing enough Ca in their diet.

The loose minerals I use are called 'Macro minerals' while the trace minerals are call 'micro minerals'.

The Macro minerals contain Ca, P, and Mg expressed in percentages (%). Micro minerals are things like Manganese and copper and are expressed in part per million (PPM). They are seldom missing unless someone lives in a Selenium or Copper deficient area.

One way to see if a horse needs Ca is to cut lengths of small Cottonwood or Poplar or Willow tree branches. If they need the minerals, they will eat them like candy.
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