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Alwaysbehind 12-23-2010 09:23 AM

What do you use to stop wood chewing?
Looking for some ideas on what works for others to prevent the horse that wants to be a beaver from chewing up every piece of wood they can get their teeth on.

Back in the day creosote was my product of choice. You can not buy that anymore.

Chew stop seems to only work for about an hour after it is applied.

What do you use that works well?

MIEventer 12-23-2010 09:42 AM

I had a TB Mare that loved to much wood herself - I tried a few products, one was Tobbasco Sauce. I painted it all over the wood..but that was a pain in the arse, and took a lot of time.

So I invested in this for when she was in her stall, and it worked wonders:

It is called "Best Friend Equine Muzzle"

I put fleece on her halter so the halter wouldn't leave marks on her face while being left on her overnight while stalled - but it worked well. She was able to eat her hay, drink water - without knawing away on the wood.

She was the only wood chewer I've owned. The mare I got after her, was a cribber, so I used this exact thing with her, and it worked well for her habit.

equiniphile 12-23-2010 01:51 PM

You could try putting a plastic or metal cover along the top of the stall where they chew. We have an awning outside the barn, and lately Molly has taken to chewing the support beams. Put a little tabasco on em, and she won't bite them anymore! Sundance used to enjoy the taste of hot sauce though, when we put tabasco on the beams then he would lick it all off :shock:

Alwaysbehind 12-23-2010 01:56 PM

Muzzle is an obvious thing but is not something one can stick on their horse 24/7. Plus, it only prevents the chewing from happening, it does not even attempt to teach the horse that chewing is bad.

Surprising the stall is not the issue. It is during turn out. And chewing has happened to everything from the mounting block that was (not anymore) stored at the end of the turn our area to the cover for the heated water trough.

I think it is more a fun past time than anything else and I would prefer the critter learn that chewing is bad, not simply prevent the chewing.

Thank you for the Tabasco idea. I might have to try that.

riccil0ve 12-23-2010 01:58 PM

I use tar. It stops them from chewing at one specific spot, but they usually just find another spot to chew on. My barn is spotted with a LOT of tar marks, lol.

If they are only chewing on corners and edges, I would just get a metal piece that you can screw over them. I can get a picture for you of what I have at my barn if you'd like.

Beau Baby 12-23-2010 01:59 PM

Our horses chew when they're bored or hungry, usually in the winter. We put metal strips on the fence.

Delfina 12-23-2010 02:00 PM

My sister-in-law's horse adores Tabasco, she walked up and down slurping it all off the fences.

My trainer sprays vinegar, when she bought her property the barn looked like it had housed beavers and after replacing all the wood, she doesn't want it getting chewed!

Alwaysbehind 12-23-2010 02:05 PM

Yepper, beavers..... that is what I seem to have too.

kitten_Val 12-23-2010 02:46 PM

AB, NOTHING worked for me. I tried those expensive "stop chew", I tried painting with something ugly, I tried pepper spay - they love it all! :D (and yes, they do it for fun: hide in shed when it's windy or rainy and entertain themselves).

I got fed up when I saw the corner of my shed is all chewed on earlier this week. So I gonna put the metallic corner on that (similar to what I have on stall doors (built-in)) on weekend and see if that will help.

Alwaysbehind 12-23-2010 02:49 PM

Well, Kitten, I am glad I am not the only one.

We have lots of metal caps and corners. I can not very well metal cap the entire fence. And obviously one can not metal cap the mounting block (though it is no longer at risk, since I removed it) or the wood cover for the water trough.

I was hoping there was something.

I have one horse when bored who will chew on the flat part of the wall. Ya know, mid board. Not edges or corners.

And no, they do not need more hay. Free choice right now.

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