Thanks, wish I could've taken him but it was never a possibility for me at this point in my life, no finances for it.
Yeah there's a special pepper that is the main ingredient in pepper spray, I found that out when I was reading the labels on my boyfriend's incredibly hot hot sauces. It's in some of them alright lol but not all. Its called Oleoresin Capsicum. Yeah my boyfriend is crazy...he has a hot sauce that is 357,000 scollville and he puts it on everything..nut ball (357 Mad Dog...for anyone who's crazy enough to be interested is the name). To put that into perspective, the original Tabasco is 5,000 scollville (just incase you don't know scollville is the scale used to measure the spice heat in peppers and sauces). He has some that literally say on the label that they can also be used to remove grease stains from driveways...
I would NEVER use something that hot if I were to try the hot sauce thing myself. I actually got curious enough after this debate to see what others have to say about the hot sauce for cribbing, Turns out it is an old trick and multiple people have tried it. Works for some and not for others. Some horses even seemed to like
the taste of it! :P
I'm sorry I just kind of taking the "that's abuse" claim to heart considering I'm a vet tech and make my living caring for the well being of animals. I would never intentionally harm an animal in a way that is going to affect them long term. And what I mean but that is sometimes it is necessary to do a little harm for the greater good...we vaccinate animals-the needle hurts, sometimes the vaccine stings, they might get sore and achy for the next day but in the grand scheme of things that little bit of "suffering" makes sure they don't die of rabies or feline leukemia etc.
We have to do skin scrapes with a scalpel to check for mites under the microscope -in order to do that you have to rub the blade back and forth across their skin (holding the blade perpendicular to the skin, not slicing) until it bleeds because that's where the mites live, in the live layer of the skin, I'm sure that doesn't feel very good but at the end of the day we can see what kind of skin problem is going on for sure and bring them relief.
Some older animals that come in to be euthanized have such horrible veins that not even the older techs that have been placing catheters for 30 years can't get one in until the 10th try, that's not fun either for the animals or us but in the end they get to go to heaven and end their suffering.
So if putting a little hot sauce on the wood to make the horse stop cribbing quickly, and then take the time to fix the mental problem, burns their lips and tongue a little in the mean time...then so be it, little harm for the greater good.
And we may just have to settle on agreeing to disagree on this one