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post #41 of 44 Old 08-23-2015, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies - and for keeping up. It's just been so long I wasn't sure if I was just setting my standards too high since the yard workers were constantly making out as if it was normal practice - and honestly THEY really have been wonderful to work with. It's just strange since the BOSS was the one to make me feel "lucky" that I was even allowed to do the little I was. I'm going to call around and contact a few other places - I just feel horrible for the horses mainly but I am WELL aware that on the scale of cruelty I have seen far, FAR worse. I can't wait until I have enough knowledge and experience to actually own my own horses and give them a proper life x

ACTUALLY I have just thought of something to ask: a lot of the horses were "cribbing" (I googled what it might be called). Chewing the doors and making burp like sounds? (and 1 horse does weird swaying side to side at times...) MY* first guess that this is boredom? They did get allowed out in the arena in groups/pairs daily to free roam but tbh it's not enough, not by my own standards, especially on days where they don't get ridden at all. Is this a common thing? I just didn't get a good vibe watching this behavior and I was told it was just normal but it could also be denial? :S

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post #42 of 44 Old 08-23-2015, 10:57 AM
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Cribbing is normal behavior? It is only "normal" for cribbers to crib. Since you didn't like the explanation you got and thought to google it, I would continue to research it online and do some research anytime you encounter something that you want a good explanation of. It is something that you can do on your own and will be very helpful in gaining knowledge.
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post #43 of 44 Old 08-23-2015, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Yeh I think I'm gonna make a folder or doc just to keep track of things! Thanks x
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post #44 of 44 Old 08-23-2015, 08:16 PM
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Cribbing, aka 'windsucking' is unfortunately a common behaviour for intensively stabled & fed horses. A study done years ago showed that in excess of 90% of Australian racehorses in training were windsuckers!!

It is classed as a 'stereotypic' behaviour - essentially an obsessive compulsive behaviour which is thought to be next to impossible to cure once a horse has developed the habit. It is now recognised, not as just the boredom & anxiety from being locked up in solitary confinement too much, but as a symptom of gut pain due to inadequate feeding practices & ulcers. The horse gets some relief by sucking air, and it is also thought that endorphins(sp?) are released when they do it too. So it's essentially a coping behaviour for bad management.

While it is still generally thought of as all but incurable once habitual, even in absence of original gut probs, there have been some anecdotal studies into supplementing magnesium which indicate it could be treatable with correct nutrition along with better management/feeding/treating ulcers.
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