you have any home remedies for cribbing potions?
Kay from BC Canada
you used the word "potions" in your question, I think you are asking
me about "wood chewing" rather than cribbing. Here's the difference
between cribbing and wood chewing:
is when a horse grabs the edge of a fence rail, stall ledge or post top with his
incisors, and arches his neck. Although cribbing and windsucking (gulping air)
are often used synonymously, they are thought to be separate behaviors. "Unlike
formerly thought, McGreevy (McGreevy, P.D., Radiographic and endoscopic study
of horses performing an oral based stereotypy. Equine Vet Journal 27:92-95.) determined
that windsucking (aerophagia) does not occur during cribbing." (from Horse
Behavior, 2nd edition, George Waring). It has been suggested that when a horse
cribs, his body releases endorphins, natural "drugs" which stimulate
the pleasure center of his brain so cribbing becomes an addictive habit. Generally
cribbing is considered "incurable" because the horse receives a "reward"
("pleasure drug") every time he cribs. Cribbers are usually hard keepers
(they would rather crib than eat) and can be prone to colic. It is necessary to
use consistent, specific means to deal with a cribbing horse - cribbing collars
and possibly surgery or the long term use of pharmaceuticals.
chewing is when a horse gnaws wood fences, feeders, stall
walls, or posts. This is destructive to facilities and the horse can
suffer colic from eating wood splinters. Some horses really
turn into beavers! Wood chewing is common in foals as they test their
first incisors and also when their temporary incisors begin to be replaced at
2 1/2 years of age. To keep wood chewing from developing into a life
long habit and to prevent a horse from "discovering" cribbing, provide
the horse a well-balanced ration with minerals and plenty of long-stem hay
for roughage, especially during cold, wet weather. Horses who are satiated
with roughage are much less likely to chew wood. Be sure the horse gets
plenty of exercise, with time out on pasture if possible.
all wood that the horse comes in contact with. You can do this by covering
the wood with sturdy metal edging or use electric fence to keep the horse away
from the fence rails altogether.
yes, you can and should treat wood with various "potions"
to make wood less palatable. An effective commercial product is Dyco-Sote,
available in dark brown and clear. Even confirmed beavers leave wood
treated with Dyco-Sote alone. To deter first-time nibblers, you can
try rubbing a strongly scented bar of soap (like Irish Spring) over the area.
If you try the commonly recommended home remedy of oil and chili sauce,
be careful because if you or your horse get the substance in your eyes or
nose, it WILL burn! And believe it or not, some horses chew MORE after
chili oil has been applied to wood!!