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justsambam08 11-25-2009 02:06 AM

Stall improvements?
Okay, so I think this is the right place to put this.....Basically, I have an 11 y/o TB cribber who is on night turn out, which means he's in his stall all day. His stall door is a metal door that he frequently cribs on, so much so that he actually jiggs the latch open and escapes, so we keep a bull snap on it to keep it closed. I was thinking about getting him one of those stall guards to attach to the door frame in lieu of keeping to stall door closed. The door would still be attached, it would just be secured back against the wall, which we already do with a top half of the door. (the top is only used during hurricanes to keep debris out of the stalls) Would this be something that, if a boarder at your facility came to you about, you would allow? Keep in mind I'd be supplying the hardware and the actual stall guard, and I'd probably install it myself. I also want to either replace or completely remove his grain bucket...Its attached to the wall on the inside of his stall, and he frequently pulls on it with his head (like puts his chin on it and pulls back--a form of close-mouthed cribbing I've figured out) and I think he's caused it to crack down the side (I'm not sure if the crack was there before). If he pulls on it hard enough one day it will break and could possibly hurt him. If I do remove it, I want to just get him one of those tough rubber pans that are placed on the ground for his grain. The pan is not so much of an issue, we have other horses who use them, but the removal/replacement of the current grain bucket is. It would also mean slightly more work for those who feed in the AM/PM, as they would have to physically enter the stall to pour the grain, versus using the grain door.

I'm really just looking to reduce his cribbing prospects....he already wears a miracle collar with both of the straps on the LAST hole (I think its number 17 on the forehead strap and maybe 10 on the neck strap) and its tighter than is recommended, and he still cribs.

sillybunny11486 11-25-2009 02:29 PM

I usually always put up stall guards. I attach eye skrews to the stall door frame and attach the guard via double snaps.

My Beau 11-25-2009 03:29 PM

I would try a stall guard, but the BO might not be too crazy about it being up when there is no one in the barn. If he were to try to escape (I've seen BIG horses squeeze under low stall guards).

I would try this kind: Pro-Craft Closed Stall Guard -

I would avoid these: Jeffers® Stall Guard - Stall Chains / Guards since a horse can get a hoof caught in this. Vinyl Covered Stall Chain - because a horse has a greater chance of escaping with this one. This type can be used in conjunction with the first one to block a great area, however.

Just talk to the BO and see what he/she recommends :)

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