Chewing down the barn!

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  • Rein It In Original Poster Rein It In
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    My mare has started eating her fence and chewing the walls in her stall! The barn is getting really annoyed, but I don’t know how to make her stop. Help!

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    She is telling you she is bored…how long is she out everyday does she just go out to work or does she spend some time at pasture? “vices” start out of frustration and boredom..

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    Buy a product called “Quit” and use it. Worked for mine when stress caused chewing. And it always has worked in a few days, like when we move to a new barn, etc.

    If it doesn’t work, then scope for ulcers.

    A bored or stressed horse will start chewing. I make sure mine have lots of hay so they won’t get too bored.

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    your horse is most likely bored. does she get enough turnout time? does she have enough hay when she is stalled?

    my gelding started doing this at his previous barn due to not enough turnout time and/or not enough hay being given. i’ve moved him since, and provided him with some fun things in his stall when he is inside like a likit and a jolly ball.

    i also have used cribbing eliminator with success. it smells RANCID, but it works 100%. my horse would not chew any of the wood that had been sprayed with it. it’s not as sticky or messy as some of the other no chew sprays. the only downside is the smell (which goes away shortly after application).

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    A cheap way to help stop cribbing, would be a spray bottle and vinegar. It works and its super cheap! Spray it on the wood and anything else she cribs and it should stop! If that doesn’t work go to your local store and get no chew spray made for horses. Beware of products that shouldnt be consumed by horses. Make sure you read the label!

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    Probably boredom. Get a small hole hay net to keep her occupied.

    Also, more turnout…you can never have too much turnout.

    Be careful if you use a topical on the wood, I’ve had them actually give horses mouth ulcers, so I don’t use them if I have no other choice…and yes, they were designed for horses.

    Sundance Acres
    home to 6 overly spoiled, fat, shiny, adorable horses, and 4 cute barn kitties

    jmc jmc
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    I’m going to be a dissenting voice: Although most likely boredom, not necessarily so.
    My young gelding is on either 12 or 24 hour turnout, depending on the weather, gets worked regularly, and is a mellow dude – and still nibbles on fences, both ridden and when out to pasture. He doesn’t nibble the wood in his stall. He’s not a beaver by any means, and he’s not cribbing or windsucking. He just likes to take little nibbles out of fences.

    Personally, I think it’s a little stereotype behavior (like stall weaving or cribbing), that started as a mimic behavior – he developed the habit while pastured with a couple of equine beavers. It became an ingrained habit over time, and now any time we stop at a fence, he has to take a little bite out of it. He’s not obsessive, so if I ask him to step back from the fence, he won’t try to reach out to it.

    Again, I agree with the group that it is most likely boredom (or at least started out as boredom), just wanted to offer this slightly counter example, because there can be other reasons for wood chewing.

    If it is boredom from being in a stall, I’d suggest a stall toy of some sort, especially one with a reward, like an Licky Thing.

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    Rocky Mountain Gaited Horse
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    owner of another horse asked me to pick up some “no chew ” for her at the feed store. They were out of it. Store owner said a bar of Ivory soap rubbed on the wood would deter the chewing. It worked. Just be careful.
    the horse really backed off suddenly when she rubbed in on the fence.
    Worth a try.

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    Horses often chew or crib when they are bored.
    As stated by others more turnout or plenty of hay can keep a horse busy.
    Adding a hanging toy or something your horse can play with may also help.

    If nothing above works try looking into nutrition deficiencies, and possible stress.

    Also check out this article

    It might help you a bit.

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    Agreeing with the crowd here…. she’s bored. You can use products to help her quit chewing the wood but then she’ll need something else to do. A very smart trainer once told me that animals “can’t do a ‘no’ … you can interrupt but then you need to redirect”. Making the wood icky is certainly a good idea but giving her something to occupy her mind is also important. My guy JoJo has a great view from his stall he loves watching the action and there’s a sign on his door that says “say hello or sing me a song” he loves the visits. He also has one of the small hole haynets from SmartPak. I sometimes drizzle some starbucks sugar free caramel syrup through the middle to make it extra interesting. Your girl is probably very smart that’s why she’s bored, smart can be a good thing. Good luck and give her a hug from me and JoJo.

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    when I had my race horses we use to use a red pepper paste , we used your basic red pepper from the home and mixed it with water to a paste form and put on there stall door ,
    good luck

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    Oh you could try hanging a turnip also a ball some people put a lamb in the stall for company…let us know how you get on 🙂

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    My mare was a chewer before she was diagnosed with ulcers. It didn’t matter what we put on the walls she would eat them. Once we got her ulcers under control (we use u-guard) and gave natural licorice treats the chewing miraculously stopped! We tried the stall ball and everything, but nothing worked. The vet told us horses with ulcers must have some kind of fiber in their system almost continuously, he recommended a slow feed hay bag or box of free choice hay, In addition to her supplements. It’s been 15 years and she no longer wood chews, and we haven’t had issues since!

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    Did it just start for no known reason? Have you changed her routine so that she is in the stall more? Have you changed what her diet is recently? Is her routine more traveling and showing than before, or is she suddenly not being used very much?

    There are tons of reasons why horses begin to chew wood. It can be anything from dietary problems, boredom, stress, digestive issues, and even mimicking other horses.

    I would look over her diet with a vet and see if there appears to be anything she is lacking. It could be as simple as a vitamin deficiency, or just needing more hay throughout the day. If she is stall most of the day, then I would recommend more turnout. If she is turned out by herself, I would recommend trying a pasture mate if possible.

    Also don’t neglect to check for ulcers. A common cause of chewing/cribbing is attempting to relieve the pain of ulcers and other gastric problems.

    katiec. katiec.
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    My arab mare used to be a cribber, i realized that she was just bored so after she got her morning grain i would put her out to pasture, it helped a little but not by much. One of my friends told me that i should try buying her some toys since my mare was acting like my friends three year old and just tried destroying things when she got bored so i went and bought her a few soccer balls and some other toys that she couldnt completely destroy when she bit them or stepped on them. I havent had a problem with her cribbing since then.

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