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I purchased a former race horse who loves to chew her stall when she is bored. She is outside for most of the day but in the barn from 5:30 at night to 830 in the morning. Times do vary but for the most part she is outside. I have sought the advise of numerous sources and am not convinced it is cribbing but rather boredom. She is on a recommend food with fibre. Yesterday I put out some free-feed minerals for her stall and then liberally applied vaseline with cayenne pepper in it. I even tasted it just to make sure it packed a punch. It did. This morning when she was fed and let out, we discovered that she now has vaseline, etc on her coat. Is this going to be a daily event or is she eventually going to clue in?
 

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Try online to find some things you can give her to help cure boredom.
I know someone on the forum here had an old milkjug they hung up and put treats in it.

There must definitely be a way to have her get rid of the boredom :)
 

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I would look into the ulcer thing.

She will never learn to not get slimy stuff you put on the walls on her hair. I doubt they would associate the two things.

And some horses just chew.

Mine has 24/7 access to pasture and hay available most of the time but she still thinks it is a good 'ol time to chew on the walls of her stall and the fence.
 

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here is some ideas as my horse chews too :)
a crib collar

^ doesnt always work, horses can find their way round anything.

Cribbing and chewing is different though, is your horse just chewing or is it wind sucking as it bites? if so then the collar.

if not then cribox (or an equivalent)

a paint that doesnt taste or smell very nice, this works :D and lasts for ages! its also not sticky and is hard to get off.

we also have metal capping on the stable door to stop him damaging the wood and we are considering putting it all around the sides of the door frame too.
 

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dont you need to keep giving quitt forever though?
she might get over it, she might never get over it.
i like the idea of those metal pieces on the door, but if its cribbing the metal can wear down their teeth even quicker.

my advice: dont stall her
 

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Check the ulcer thing and stop stalling her. Even if she wasn't actually raced more than likely she was still managed in the same high stress manner that causes horses to develop ulcers.

If you do all that and she still chews she might just be a chewer. Soda likes to chew on random things. He isn't destructive or a cribber, he's just really mouthy.
 

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Spring has stopped chewing her stall. She has now moved to the outside lean-to. I coated parts of her stall in vaseline and cayenne. She has vaseline in her coat now- looks lovely! Any ideas how to get that out in the middle of winter???
 

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My horse chews, as well, and I think it's just boredom! You can try as many things as you want, but, ultimately, it's probably just a boredom thing. My horse is also a previous race horse and I think it's just her antsy personality that makes her want to constantly be doing something.

You can try finding her some toys to play with (milk jug with treats, a ball, etc). But, sometimes it just can't be cured!
 

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Presumably she is chewing the stable door.
We call it crib biting.
The risk is that she gets a wood splinter in the gums

We fix a strip of aluminium along the top of the bottom door - but the strip needs to be fitted carefully so that the nails or screws do not protrude.

An alternative is to fit a set of bars in place of the top door - it has a cut out for the horse to poke his head and neck out into the aisle.
the set of bars swing open to allow the horse access and exit

It is also useful for weavers

Make a point of the horse regularly seeing a dentist.

B G
 

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It is a challenge to find things for a horse to do in the dead of winter. Any suggestions>>she was pace racing until the week I got her - so I think she is having a bit of a time adjusting to not racing or being on the track.
 

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Food is your friend.

Free choice hay can fix a lot. If she is a hoover and eats her hay too quickly put her hay in a small hole hay bag or a nibble net. This will slow her down and keep her busy much longer, so not bored.
 
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