Diet can influence stereotypic behaviors in horses

Cribbing, weaving and other stereoptypic behaviors can be reduced through diet and stable management. Recently I wrote about cribbing and how to help prevent it. Conventional wisdom has always been that frequent grazing and turnout can reduce cribbing behavior. Now a study conducted at the University of Bristol confirms that horses whose lifestyle approximates the […]

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Cribbing Part II: Does cribbing cause health problems?

Tuesday’s article covered some of the theories on why horses crib. Today I’m going to talk about some of the health problems associated with cribbing. Here are three statements from three different people on a recent forum post about cribbing. These folks articulate pretty well the fears that people have about owning a cribber. “Been […]

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Cribbing: Presumed Causes

Many horse owners simply won’t buy a horse that cribs. Partially it is because they are harder to board (some barns won’t take them). Other owners worry too much that a horse that cribs is more prone health issues (such as colic) or harder to keep weight on. However, according to Cornell Veterinary School, cribbing […]

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Would you Buy a Horse that Cribs?

I’m working on an article about cribbing and wanted to know what all of you think about it. I know some boarding facilities don’t accept cribbers; some people avoid them like the plague; and others don’t care. I ended up with a cribber without really planning it, although if you’d asked me ahead of time […]

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