Cribbing makes me wanna cry!
So I've moved from the barn with the very stupid owner to hopefully a better place. Because of this barn owner my horse now cribbs! It really sucks since hes so young, she had my horse in a small paddock with to many horses so there was no grass and he wasn't getting enough food(was supposed to get 3 flakes in the morning and 3 at night with 3 scoops of compleate feed) but the other horses would push him away so he'd get almost none so he had not enough food in a small stressful environment and right across from him was a cribber. I asked her so maney times to move him to the 7 acre paddock where there where only 4 horses or somewhere where he wouldnt get pushed off his feed but she wanted to keep mares with mares and geldings with geldings, so by the time I found a barn that would take me my boy started cribbing! no now that my rant is over just wondering the things I can do to hopefully lessen his want to crib
Hes now on 160 acres with a herd of horses that he gets along and is actually getting a little overwight(from being to skinny) he gets excersized regularly, I have tried cribbing collars but found he cribbed more with them on and am scared to leave them on where he could get it caught on somthing. But is there certian suppliments and feeds that could help? also I've read ulcers can contribute to the problem, so I'm wondering what can be done to help since I've read theres really no cure.
Oh last question what exactly is colic surgury? I've read it only has a 50% chance of working but what exactly do they do?
There is bitterlicks you put it on stall doors to keep them from biting any surface. This would probably be only helpful in the stall though.
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This may also help for your question about colic surgery.
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OOPPS ahah I accidentally put colic surgery when I meant cribbing surgery...hmm my brain works in strange ways! but reading about colic surgery was interesting to :P
Most cribbers start when they are in the 8 month age- its many times stress from weaning and going onto sweet feed.
Try switching him to just plain oats. It may very well help.
Some research shows that antacids help. Seems that for some reason cribbers produce less saliva than non-cribbers, and this can cause ulcers. They crib to relieve stomach pain, so if you relieve the stomach pain it will supposedly lessen.
Getting him out on pasture is going to be a big thing that will help.
By the way, I just did some research and cribbing surgery cuts the neck muscles of horses it stops horses from being able to flex their muscles and if that doesn't work there is another surgery that cuts the muscles even more so they won't be able to lift their neck up and pull back. I wouldn't get it done.
Man this is stressful...maybe I'll start cribbing to
Why does the cribbing bother you so much? I have a cribber, and honestly, I may have fixed all of the things that initially made him crib, but it becomes a mental addiction just as much as a physical one, and thats not going to go away. But since your guy is young, you may be able to stop the habit with proper care.
I would recommend first getting him on a supplement the both protects against NEW ulcers and heals the old ones. Also look at how much hay he's getting. Is he getting enough? If he's out to pasture 24/7 and still working, you should have some sort of round bale for him to munch off of, or bring him into a stall and give him additional hay. Also make sure he has access to a free choice salt block.
Also, you say he's still cribbing with the cribbing collar, but is he actually cribbing, or just making the motions? You'll know he's actually cribbing if he grunts and sucks air. Otherwise, he's just making the motion and it is not actually hurting him.
Consider putting up hotwire on your fence tops if he's cribbing while out in a pasture.
I would not recommend surgery....that's pretty much something someone just came up with to make money. While it doesn't actually hurt the horse, his performance ability would not be affected, why would you want to sever his muscles? That just doesn't make sense to me at all.
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The side of fencing where the gate and arena is, is hotwired but he finds away around it.
Whats really worying me is how much weight he losses in the winter time, and also his teeth he'll be 5 this year and in missing almost half a tooth from chipping it(he prefers metal to wood) and he is already showing wear on his teeth. And then theres the problem of alot of stables wont board cribbing horses, mine does but I have to pay for all the dammage he does which is getting $$.
I definetly wouldnt do the surgury unless all options are gone, and if any thing health wise gets really bad i.e constant colic, wight loss not gained back, and his teeth I would prefer if he could still graze by the time hes 20.
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