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post #1 of 5 Old 06-30-2020, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Cribbing sprays

My 5 year old is rubbing his top front teeth on the gate for his corral. I'm not worried about the gate. It is solid metal. I just don't want him to wear down his teeth.

I'm trying to spread out his food and exercise during the day as much as I can while I'm working from home. Pellets in the morn. Release him in the arena for 3 to 4 hours with his buddy. Hay mid afternoon in a slow feeder. Pellets again in the evening.

I've seen the spray gels and would like to try that. I've looked on the forum but don't really see any recent posts that I could use.

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-30-2020, 07:00 AM
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I don't know about sprays but Irish Spring soap rubbed on surfaces as a deterrent is said to deter the inclination...
If he is just rubbing his teeth...make sure he is not trying to find relief from a dental problem first.
How old is the horse? 5....
Could he possibly have a retained cap that is irritating his mouth...
I would look to make sure dental is not a problem first before spraying this or that or even doing the soap thing...
Suddenly the horse is fussing with his mouth = get the mouth checked out ASAP.

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-03-2020, 02:38 AM
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So is he doing this when in with his buddy, or only when in solitary small area for the 20+ hrs a day? Any way to give him a better lifestyle, rather than just trying to address a symptom of it?
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-03-2020, 09:15 AM
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After ruling out dental issues and social issues, I would opt to run a strand of electric line across where ever he chews. At my old barn, that was the only thing that would stop one of the horses from sucking on the panels of the round pen all day. He was on pasture with 3 other horses, constantly had food and grass, but still preferred to windsuck and crib. It quickly stopped when there was an electric line blocking him.

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-03-2020, 05:50 PM
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Oh duh, meant to also add... 'cribbing' / windsucking is also commonly related to feeding issues/stomach ulcers. They do it due to pain.

And it sounds like he only gets hay once a day? If so that is very likely to cause gut probs. Horses need free access to forage, or at least little & often. They're 'trickle feeders' who should not go hungry or have big gaps between 'meals'. So start feeding him a LOT more hay. Putting it in a small holed net will slow his consumption.

What are the pellets you're feeding him & how much does he get?
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