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For Extreme Chewing Problems is Stall

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  • sugar Original Poster
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    Someone had asked about chewing problems in the stall. After using every product out there to stop my confirmed and constant wood chewer. (She would only do this when stalled, and received plenty of pasture and exercise time.)
    I resorted to the old fashioned laundry detergent and cayenne pepper method, updated. After being told to use Tide, because of it’s foaming ability, I didn’t have the heart to use a non-natural laundry detergent. After finding Seventh Generation at the grocery store, I went to my local warehouse store and bought chef sizes of cayenne. I literally used enough cayenne to make a paste and brushed it on every wood surface she chewed. It took 3 days for her to stop chewing. After that I sprinkled enough cayenne to keep the caspian smell on the surfaces. Problem solved. Hope this helps someone else

    Jon Jon
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    I have used a cayenne and habanero paste made with vegetable oil. After treatment just the smell of the treatment on the wood will make them forget about chewing. Bad thing is it stains the wood. But they will not chew anymore.

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    My observation regarding wood chewing is it’s a pain response. Often the horse will chew wood because he has pain issues and this is an expression that he’s feeling pain. It might help the horse to get massaged or chiropractic care. It could be his joints hurt, or muscles are tight. Once the pain is under control then he will probably stop chewing wood. Along this same line, cribbing can be an expression of a mineral deficiency. I hope this viewpoint is helpful so the owners look deeper at possibilities rather than just painting boards with bad-tasting products.

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    I have found since feeding our horses from large hay nets..Nibble Nets are great…that the chewing has stopped.

    I fill for night and again for daytime. Keeps them busy most of the day in winter or until it’s time for pasture in the summer.
    All in all, everyone is more content. They eat slower & much less waste.
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    Regarding chewing, we had a horse that was “free-stabled” who would chew on any exposed wood and a young driving pair who would chew the bark off of red pines in the night pasture. A horse hauler from Canada told me to get a large bucket of Pennwoods (supplement) Blue and feed it through. The pair stopped after one bucket but the single horse is on a maintenance daily dose which has stopped the behavior. I suspect that he was missing something in his diet when he was off pasture in the winter. Pennwoods can be ordered on-line or through your feed dealer.

    Jon Jon
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    It may be an underlying problem. But I have tried every supplement for wood chewing, including Pennwoods Blue, without any success. My horses have regular visits with their chiropractor. My horses have plenty of turnout in wonderful fields and unlimited hay when they have to come in. Since my problem was with a mother and daughter, I think this may have been a learned problem from the mother. I have since cured them of their chewing habit with a bit of pepper paste.

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    Have you considered wood chewing to be connected to a digestive disorder? A horse that I own started chewing on wood suddenly and I had him scoped. We found a few very small ulcers… Once they were treated he stopped immediately. Not all horses that chew wood have digestive issues some can be due to boredom or nervous behavior.

    "No hour is wasted that is spent in the saddle." -Winston Churchill

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    Do a search of reputable vet sites regarding cribbing. Many horses crib and suck air in order to get endorphins into their system. It may have started with boredom, but advances beyond. A cribbing strap which limits the amount of air a horse can get down their throat and into their stomach may be needed in order to prevent serious dental damage and colic.

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