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Horse chewing on wooden rails, braces
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Purgatory Ranch
Posted 1/11/2019 23:16 (#7238914 - in reply to #7235654)
Subject: RE: Horse chewing on wooden rails, braces

Northern Alberta
Pretty hard to stop them once they get started. The most maddening is when they are wind suckers. My dad had a fancy cutting stud, a grand son of Doc's Hickory. He was a wind sucker. In the winter time he used to go in the barn at night in a box stall. Even with a cribbing collar you couldn't stop him. So what does dad do? He covers every plank in that box stall with roofing nail about an inch apart! Now when we're calving and have to make a quick exit if a cow is in that stall, the dang nails almost hurt you worse than what the cow would lol.

It seems that some just get in the habit of chewing wood (when they are real windsucking cribbers is worse though) and it's almost like the habit is passed on. I've seen times where you'll have a group of horses all good, then bring in one chewer and next thing you know they all do it. Hot wire inside the corral is probably the solution.
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