in Horses Horse
For Sale ©
2006 Cherry Hill
This chart is an excerpt
|Cribbing ||Colic, poor keeper (prefers
mind drugs over food).|
Anchoring of incisors on edge (post, stall ledge),
arching neck, gulping air.
|Theory: endorphins are released during the
behavior; horse is addicted to endorphins which stimulate pleasure center of brain.||
Cribbing strap prevents contraction of neck muscles; also available
with clamps, spikes, electric shock.
Possible future pharmacological treatment.
Surgery possibleMuzzle can be used in some situations.
|Pawing ||Digs holes; tips over feeders & waterers; gets leg caught
in fence; wears hooves away, loses shoes; most often young horses. || Confinement,
boredom, excess feed.||Curable. |
Provide exercise, diversion, don't
use ground feeders and waterers, use rubber mats, don't reinforce by feeding.
Formal restraint lessons.
||Bite flanks, front legs, chest, scrotal area with squealing, pawing,
and kicking out. || Onset 2 yrs, primarily stallions.|
Can be endorphin
addiction similar to cribbing; can be triggered by confinement, lack of exercise,
or sexual frustration.
|Manageable/might be curable.|
stallions; increase exercise, reduce confinement, stall companion or toy, neck
cradle, muzzle, possible future pharmacological treatment
|Stall Kicking ||Smashing stall walls & doors with hind hooves resulting
in facilities damage and hoof and leg injuries.||Confinement; doesn't like
neighbor; gets attention.||Can be curable depending on how long-standing
the habit. |
Increase exercise, change neighbors, pad stall walls or hooves,
use kicking chains or kicking shoe, don't reinforce by feeding.
|Tail Rubbing ||Rhythmically swaying the rear against a fence or stall
wall.||Initially dirty udder, sheath or tail; shedding HQ, pinworms, ticks
& other external parasites or skin conditions. Later, just habit.||Manageable
with grooming, cleaning sheath and udder, deworming, other medical treatments.
For chronic habit, use electric fence.|
|Weaving/Pacing||Swaying back and forth often by stall door or pen gate/Repeatedly
walking a path back and forth.||Confinement, boredom, excess feed, high
strung or stressed horse.|| Manageable. |
Turn out where he can see
Use specially fitted stall door for weaver.
|Wood Chewing ||Gnawing of wood fences, feeders, stall walls, up to
three pounds of wood per day.||Lack of course roughage in diet, boredom,
Increase roughage in diet.
Increase exercise & activity.
More time out on pasture.