Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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lIke all things, there are exceptions on the opposite side of that Bell Curve.
Best example, is one one end is the poor sucker that never smoked in his life, yet got lung cancer.
On the other end, is the lucky guy who smoked all his life, yet never got lung cancer.
In the middle, and the widest part of that Bell curve, is those that smoked and got lung cancer.
That is why individual examples mean not much, except that there are exceptions, and why we have statistics, to verify any trend/association
As in all illnesses, including stereotypic behavior,there are degrees of that addiction, and also on consequences, so it is advisable to first change whatever might have caused that addiction, be it feeding problem, like sweet feed, confinement, ect, and then, if that cribbing is modified, does not affect the health of the horse, then I agree, you simply don't slap a cribbing collar on any cribber, no more then you just treat ulcers, without trying to address their cause.
That goes for about any health problem-prevention first, and not just treat the fallout, without addressing the cause or life style
While some cribbers are fine, if you have a confirmed cribber, that is loosing condition, chosing to crib instead, is destroying his front teeth, then you go to the next step, which might mean a cribbing collar
I have never had a horse with clinical ulcers, nor raised a cribber, and it is a fact, that both are associated not just with genetics and predisposition, but directly as to how those horses are fed and managed