Fence Chewing

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  • panache Original Poster
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    So I have a 16 year old Hanoverian Mare and I’ve ridden and taken care of her for 2 years (owned her for 1 year). We were told that she chewed on wood, but the problem never really started showing until three months after we moved to a new barn. About two weeks ago we noticed the fence in her turnout had large chunks taken out of it in many places. She works 6 days a week and jumps one, we used to jump her 4 days a week but we are focusing more on dressage work now. Is there something we can do to stop her chewing?

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    Life is not about waiting for the clouds to pass, its about learning to ride in the rain

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    I think there is something with which you can “paint” the fence, but don’t know if it would work. Electrifying the fence might also work. Is she doing it out of boredom/loneliness, or habit? You might also try having plenty of hay out there to keep her occupied.

    It is never the horse's fault

    G & S
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    There are “chew-stop” paints that can be used, but I have found that what works best is to run a line of electric fencing down the center of the boards, on the inside. Once most horses get zapped, they decide the comfort of chewing on something, anything, is not great enough to get zapped doing it. The solar fence chargers are not all that expensive, and they function even when the power goes down.

    panache Original Poster
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    she started pacing really bad, but we moved her to a new paddock with a metal fence so she can’t eat the fence. She is a lot happier now, she just got anxious because she was often the last out.

    Life is not about waiting for the clouds to pass, its about learning to ride in the rain

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    First of all is she cribbing or wind sucking? If she’s a cribber plenty of hay will solve the problem usually as it’s just boredom…. But if she’s a wind sucker as well as a cribber you can put a cribbing collar to help but she will always have the habit unfortunately… It is a formed habit and once they suck air they will always resort to doing it.

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    When my Oldenburg gelding was still a weanling and we moved him to his new home, he moved from a simple grass pasture to a heavily treed pasture. To make the temptation worse, there were a lot of dead trees laying in the field that had not been cleared. My baby boy turned into a literal beaver. He ate wood like it was a treat. He diet was definitely not the issue. He was on pasture, received ample hay and a diet balancer (really hi quality brand). It was impossible to use a paint or topical with that much wood around. I spoke with my feed store and they recommended QUITT. A supplement you feed. They heard wonders from owners who used it and I figured I can’t lose if I try it. I honestly did not believe it would help — how could a simple supplement work, but within a couple of days he completely stopped the wood eating and never did it again. I have no idea how it works, but for us it was the miracle solution. Mind you, this boy was never worked because of his age and was always in the pasture – so adding more “distraction” was not part of the solution. All we did is feed the supplement. I did two buckets and then stopped and the problem was gone. He is now almost 7 and since then has never chewed wood again.

    riding for Christ riding for Christ
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    She would stop chewing the fences if you sprayed it with Capsaicin.

    Lira Lira
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    you can out on a wire on the inside part of the fence (called electric fence) and there will be electricity running through it and your horse will be zapped when she touches the wood with her nose. It doesn’t hurt them, it releases right away-soon the will learn that the fence is not to be touched here. or it could be that she needs some vitamins and/or minerals- something might be bugging her. Or it could be boredom. Try a LickIt or a ball to roll in the pasture and to play with.

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