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Using a cribbing collar? Please reconsider. Cribbing collars are tormenting. They may discourage the behavior, but they do not relieve the urge. The hormonal response that results can lead to oxidative stress throughout the body, potentially harming vital organs, as well as joints and the digestive tract. Inflammation can also occur in the brain, eventually leading to equine Cushing’s disease (PPID) as well as leptin resistance. With so much potential harm, why not see if there is a better way?
Cribbing involves the horse pressing his top teeth against a solid object, arching his neck, and swallowing air in a rocking motion. A grunting or gulping noise emerges. Its true cause is unknown, but the underlying problems include genetics and early weaning, as well as stressful and painful circumstances. It can be such a seriously addictive habit that many horses will prefer it to eating, and so they will slowly waste away.
The following tips can help reduce the physical discomfort and mental strains that contribute to cribbing:
Cribbing is generally a result of early weaning, stress, and ulcers. Cribbing collars only do more damage and do not cure anything. Taking measures to reduce stress by allowing freedom, companionship, and free-choice forage feeding, will have a significant impact on helping your horse become healthy and reducing the urge to crib.
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