Cribbers!!!

by Kayla
(Colorado)

This isn't Baby, but it is a horse cribbing

This isn't Baby, but it is a horse cribbing

One of my horses is a terrible cribber... for those of you who are not sure what this is, it is when a horse bits and braces on an object and sucks air into their stomach. They do this because it is a natural high. In other words it makes them happy. Now after time it can make them so sick, the horse will colic or even die! Not good! Eventually I had bought her a cribbing collar, but when I put it on Baby, that's her name, she would get very very depressed and just stand in the corner of the stall. Then I would feel so guilty so I would take it off. Bad idea! I am still trying to stop her of this horrible habit. She has gotten to the point that when it's not on, and she is somewhere (like the cross ties) where she has nothing to crib on, Baby will try to crib on you! Now try to picture and 13 hundred pound animal biting and bracing on you to suck in air. OOOWWWWW!

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Nov 14, 2014
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bored
by: Amanda

Horses only crib because they are BORED!!!! Let her be in the pasture. She stays in the stall most of the time, right? Put out to pasture for a day or 2 and then keep doing that. Pasture one night stall one night for about a month. Tedious but usually effective.

Jan 10, 2014
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Hey there.
by: Anonymous

It might be because she's bored, and has nothing to do. Try giving her a stall toy or a salt block, and maybe try moving her to a stall where there's more horses.

Hope this helps and good luck!!!

Mar 09, 2013
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OH MY MY MY
by: Anonymous

oh my had a cribber myself. I painted where she would crib with hot sauce. I bought a lot of hot sauce. For a period of time it worked. But really I don't think there is any cure. it's on going thing that just never ends. My horse that was the only problem she had. I think I would have rather had all the other problems. GOOD LUCK!

Apr 11, 2011
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Paint or whatever it is
by: Lauren

I think you can get a special bad-tasting paint or lacquer that horse's won't want to suck on. I know. the horse i work with is a cribber too, but she's not that bad.

Aug 25, 2010
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Cribbing Collar On
by: Anonymous

Cribbing can be caused by a boring life style, but after a while, it is just a horrible, life threatning habit. Put the collar on your horse and leave it on. No feeling sorry for her. She'll feel a lot worse if she colics.

Jul 20, 2010
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Cribbers
by: Anonymous

I have a very well bred 6 year old mare that only started cribbing about a year and a half ago. She NEVER cribbed while in training and NEVER cribbed when she was rode regular. This mare, the more she is rode the better she is. She is so busy and I'm sure she stared cribbing out of boredum. I do have a collar on her now and it works.

Mar 14, 2010
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Hi
by: Chloe

It could mean your horse is bored i tried a joll ball with my pony and filled it up with mix and plonked in her stable it worked!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 25, 2009
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uhh...
by: olivia

When ever a horse cribs, it is most likely because they are lonely/bored. This might mean that ur horse wants more attention, or it might need another friend. Good luck with ur horse and hope it helps!

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