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Do your horses chew on your fences, stalls, barn, etc.?


Total votes cast: 1674

Comments & Write-in Answers

Adequate feed,supplement at regular times and provide space to move and companionship.

4/29/2008 4:42:50 PM

horses that are bored are likely to develope bad habits.

4/14/2008 11:53:58 PM

Using a barclays collar. Fantastic!!!!!

4/14/2008 11:19:01 PM

I reduced sugar intake & stopped feeding sweet feed

4/14/2008 9:52:58 PM

in the winter, this winter fed same supplements as during summer competion, they didn't chew wood

4/14/2008 8:38:42 PM

One word "McNasty" worked like a charm for us.

4/14/2008 6:42:08 PM


4/14/2008 5:33:00 PM

mix cayenne with molasses and smear on wood

4/14/2008 5:30:18 PM

pasture living; lots of exercise.both reduce the bordom/anxiety that bring on this so called vice.

4/14/2008 5:03:24 PM

have no

4/14/2008 4:44:47 PM

They never get a chance--I wont have them around!

4/14/2008 3:48:18 PM

Termites aren't they??

4/14/2008 3:26:14 PM

electric wire on the boards keep them away from the fence

4/14/2008 2:08:21 PM

Keeping active minds with training and plenty of room to roam.

4/14/2008 12:51:53 PM


4/14/2008 12:42:27 PM

I leave a bale of straw out in the pasture to chew on, seems to help

4/14/2008 9:44:55 AM

trees - bored yearlings need to get in bigger pasture!

4/14/2008 9:20:32 AM

pepper spray on the things they are chewings the saliva reactivats the spray leaving a nasty taste

4/14/2008 9:12:44 AM

My horse loves her feed bucket. I remove it to prevent having to buy another one!

4/14/2008 9:07:07 AM

only when bored

4/13/2008 10:44:44 PM


4/13/2008 10:01:46 PM

My quarter horse only nibbles, and if I fuss at him he stops immediately

4/13/2008 8:49:10 PM

put fresh Sears white paint on the fence. This has worked for me for years. Whereever I see them s

4/13/2008 7:40:16 PM


4/13/2008 6:05:29 PM

i have one TB that does this when he`s bored

4/13/2008 4:25:11 PM

a device called the TINGLER available in Ireland that prevents this in gentlest manner

4/13/2008 10:04:22 AM

Boredom is the main cause. Give them something to do

4/13/2008 9:56:36 AM

Maximum tounout is the best prevention/cure.

4/13/2008 9:00:11 AM


4/13/2008 6:54:38 AM

Treat them for ulcers

4/13/2008 3:40:24 AM

free choice decent quality hay

4/13/2008 2:40:18 AM

hot wire and nothing at cribbing height

4/13/2008 2:05:52 AM

Pipe fencing- metal edges on barn doors. chew stop painted on wood panels

4/12/2008 11:37:11 PM

I have had many, many horses over the course of 40 yrs and never had one that chewed on anything. We

4/12/2008 7:28:28 PM

All I can say is linseed oil that slowes 'em down !!

4/12/2008 7:28:27 PM

on trees only

4/12/2008 6:10:41 PM

provide ample 'chewing time' grazing/hay/plenty of pasture per horse.

4/12/2008 5:20:23 PM

We feed a free choice minerial and turn them out in the pasture often

4/12/2008 5:09:23 PM

feed hay 3 to 4 times a day

4/12/2008 3:20:41 PM

free choice hay

4/12/2008 3:01:18 PM

My barn was built to deter chewing;turned out a lot so not bored

4/12/2008 10:36:35 AM

spend more time entertaining them

4/12/2008 9:53:53 AM

provide mineral/salt blocks, exercise

4/12/2008 8:48:03 AM

They chew on trees, but Halt Cribbing helps if applied 1 or 2 times a year.

4/12/2008 8:24:07 AM

s[rau everything with McNasty, it works!

4/12/2008 7:50:02 AM

Yippee! Of course this comes with 24-7 turn-out!

4/11/2008 11:06:24 PM

He used to, when he was stalled all the time. I am convinced he chewed out of boredom.

4/11/2008 10:37:21 PM

only way to prevent is steel piping fence and box metal in the stalls.

4/11/2008 9:56:22 PM

barbed wire

4/11/2008 8:30:32 PM

Only one. Supplemented, but no help.

4/11/2008 6:51:59 PM

Horse do naughty things when they don't have enough to do--turn them out!

4/11/2008 4:15:59 PM

Since I started adding MICRO-MINERALS I've had no problem.

4/11/2008 3:54:48 PM

Ihave tried, french cribbing collar,miracle collar, chew stop, paint and sprays, nothing works

4/11/2008 3:47:58 PM

we use metal almost everywhere, and wood is coated in tar basised stop chew

4/11/2008 3:42:40 PM

mix cayenne papper with vegetable oil and paint on fences

4/11/2008 2:46:31 PM

Pastes of pepper and peanut butter/sticky edibles on corners/edges discourages chewing. Dogs too!

4/11/2008 2:29:48 PM

free choice grass hay, company, and activity

4/11/2008 2:09:42 PM

build metal piping stalls

4/11/2008 1:24:07 PM

rub a bar of Irish Spring body soap on fence areas and horses will stay clear...it really works!

4/11/2008 12:51:06 PM

Pipe corrals

4/11/2008 11:40:58 AM

less stall time - more paddock time

4/11/2008 11:14:27 AM

But only where the garlic catches on the stall. They love it and mostly lick it and then bite the wo

4/11/2008 10:57:16 AM

pipe fences and concrete stalls

4/11/2008 10:55:23 AM

we use "no chew" spray

4/11/2008 10:09:47 AM

no sorry

4/11/2008 9:59:29 AM

I have tried every product on the market and some that were home made.

4/11/2008 9:52:44 AM

keep them enoughb salt

4/11/2008 9:34:27 AM

Electric wire on pasture fences

4/11/2008 9:02:33 AM

tried everything, had to put fence over all accessable wood.

4/11/2008 8:48:37 AM

feed them more hay, they are hungry. My horse given adequate hay has never chewed

4/11/2008 8:47:00 AM

Have tried everything and given up. Replace wood.

4/11/2008 8:46:48 AM

I have 16 horses about 3 are wood chewing.

4/11/2008 8:43:09 AM

A couple of trees were stripped last year, but nothing else - we have pipe fencing

4/11/2008 8:42:08 AM

Trees! They are beavers, and this started only with the hay shortage as we cannot feed free choice.

4/11/2008 8:24:58 AM

I provide plenty of hay at all times to satisfy their need to chew

4/11/2008 8:01:37 AM

out on 35 acres of pasture 24/7

4/11/2008 7:27:52 AM

A horse that is content and happy doesn't need to entertain himself or find food.

4/11/2008 6:03:17 AM

feed more hay

4/11/2008 5:04:25 AM

Paint/ spray a special bad tasting paint onto everything- they hate the taste so are discouraged!

4/11/2008 3:59:08 AM

Feeding Quitt has been a true solution.

4/11/2008 1:10:03 AM

Put metal over boards

4/11/2008 12:45:49 AM

Wrapping non-climb fencing around trees saved them. I screwed 1 1/2 inch angle iron to every corner

4/11/2008 12:26:10 AM

our weanlings chew on an old board fence

4/11/2008 12:16:38 AM

They chew when they are bored

4/10/2008 11:58:24 PM

Absolutely recommend hotwire on board fence which prevents chewing as well as challenging the fence

4/10/2008 11:53:54 PM

big pasture to forage/roam

4/10/2008 11:52:53 PM

Lessen time in stalls; provide interesting activities, toys; pasture time

4/10/2008 11:48:24 PM

I have tried every thing except the cribbing collar or a muzzle to keep my standardbred from chewin

4/10/2008 11:29:59 PM

Chew stop painted many places; some horses better when on pasture

4/10/2008 11:25:43 PM

plenty of hay, loose mineral/salt always available. Dewormed regularly, teeth work done yearly.

4/10/2008 11:24:20 PM

Metal corner strips on everything possible.

4/10/2008 11:09:40 PM

Ivory dish soap and cayenne pepper

4/10/2008 10:51:08 PM

Irish Spring soap rubbed on the wood.

4/10/2008 10:37:41 PM

Keeping a horse from getting bored and feeding minerals and carrots, as a tasty treat!

4/10/2008 10:32:23 PM

Keep them from being bored or stressed. Your vet can rule out any medical problems with an exam.

4/10/2008 10:16:59 PM

keep them turned out

4/10/2008 10:15:16 PM

Electric wire along the area chewed helps at my farm.

4/10/2008 10:13:27 PM

Chew stop spray

4/10/2008 10:03:08 PM

Keep plenty of hay in front of them and keep them busy.

4/10/2008 8:24:40 PM

out of boredom in the long winter monthes

4/10/2008 7:50:28 PM

Not any more. We changed fencing to a metal fencing , no more chewing.

4/10/2008 7:46:04 PM

plastic drywall corners secured to wood

4/10/2008 7:35:19 PM

Barn and fence is galvanized steel, common in Arizona

4/10/2008 7:16:29 PM

I put plastic garden containers over the fence posts - that is working.

4/10/2008 7:13:27 PM

Quitt and lots of hay in the stall

4/10/2008 6:47:27 PM

never had that problem

4/10/2008 6:20:41 PM

Our two mares chew the bark off the trees.

4/10/2008 6:17:12 PM

horses tend to chew wood and eat dirt when they are missing minerals, offer a loose salt/mineral sup

4/10/2008 4:18:59 PM

use paint on products on market

4/10/2008 4:17:20 PM

1 out of 6 chews. Turn out more. use metal flashing on doors and elect. wire.

4/10/2008 3:41:44 PM

cover all wood edges with mesh or corner beading

4/10/2008 2:40:23 PM

Occasionally a nibble on the barn door - I think it is when they want in for grain

4/10/2008 2:29:16 PM

My Mare chews the fence only when she is annoyed she has taught my gelding to do too sharing is fun

4/10/2008 1:08:24 PM

use a mixture of different hot sauces then heat them up before you apply it.

4/10/2008 1:01:28 PM

used motor oil

4/10/2008 12:56:42 PM

Everytime I see Casper chewing on something I do not go and get a treat 4 him at the end of the day.

4/10/2008 12:52:18 PM

Only when they are in more than they are used to. Otherwise no.

4/10/2008 12:43:32 PM

miracle collar works!

4/10/2008 12:17:02 PM

bitter spray

4/10/2008 11:58:11 AM

As much paddock time as possible!

4/10/2008 11:40:18 AM

but they do lean on the non-barbed wire portions of my fenceand mess it up.

4/10/2008 11:36:27 AM

The horses live in a herd situation, are out 24/7 on a variety of surfaces and they have many obstac

4/10/2008 11:34:27 AM

I put branches in the pens for them to chew on and they leave the fences alone, electric fences help

4/10/2008 11:05:39 AM

Keep them busy, engaged, entertained.

4/10/2008 11:04:47 AM

I try to keep them close together so they can talk to each other

4/10/2008 11:02:59 AM

not too bad though

4/10/2008 10:59:41 AM

We ran electric line and use a solar charger . We solved it that way and have no more issues

4/10/2008 10:29:16 AM

Only when not ridden for a few days

4/10/2008 10:26:41 AM

providing mineral blocks

4/10/2008 10:12:56 AM

It helps to cut poplar limbs & place them in the paddocks, this keeps them off the barn & fence.

4/10/2008 10:11:55 AM

I paint the wood with Pine Sol - works better than anything I have tried

4/10/2008 10:07:01 AM

Apply a non-chewing product on fences.

4/10/2008 10:02:12 AM

only when stalled for long periods

4/10/2008 9:45:59 AM

placing PVC piping on top rail made them stop

4/10/2008 9:41:58 AM

Use Quit by Farnam!

4/10/2008 9:33:07 AM

preventing boredom is the best way to curb chewing

4/10/2008 9:24:09 AM

We paint all wood with Chew Halt. It works great.

4/10/2008 9:09:29 AM

Lots of turn out, constant access to hay and test for ulcers

4/10/2008 8:33:00 AM

Add apple cider vinegar to feed

4/10/2008 7:48:03 AM

give them likit treats and toys

4/10/2008 7:11:03 AM

All surfaces must be flat and hard to grip. Use electric fencing in the field on rails and around pe

4/10/2008 6:45:11 AM

they have plenty of turn-out time with other horses

4/10/2008 3:31:48 AM

Turnout 24/7.

4/9/2008 11:47:59 PM

used motor oil & black pepper painted over the chewed area.

4/9/2008 11:30:35 PM

Hay plus pasture to keep them busy

4/9/2008 11:26:04 PM

cheep dish liquid soap

4/9/2008 10:55:58 PM

I try to keep them outdoors as much as possible, but when it's wet, they're in. Just bored!

4/9/2008 10:53:23 PM

My 2 horses do not chew on their stalls

4/9/2008 10:42:19 PM

Let them have all the first cutting hay that they want.

4/9/2008 9:50:23 PM

irish spring soap does good until the next rain

4/9/2008 9:50:07 PM

Snug fit Miracle Collar

4/9/2008 9:45:27 PM

It's best to get a cribbing collar for your horse if he cribs

4/9/2008 9:44:00 PM

PCV pipe on all top edges... my biggest beavers don't like it

4/9/2008 9:38:21 PM

one 4yr old filly started chewing her stall. no others in the heard chew

4/9/2008 9:32:56 PM

They practically ate the barn down when it was new, they don't chew much anymore

4/9/2008 9:30:23 PM

boredom toys, my horses love them!!!

4/9/2008 9:02:43 PM

they all chew the trees!!

4/9/2008 8:45:04 PM

chicken wire around trees

4/9/2008 8:40:12 PM

paint with creosote

4/9/2008 8:30:49 PM

Just like a termite

4/9/2008 7:53:08 PM

My donkeys are beavers in disguise.

4/9/2008 7:40:15 PM

cribbing collar-nutcracker type

4/9/2008 7:35:31 PM

give them a toy to play with

4/9/2008 7:02:09 PM

dish soap painted on surface

4/9/2008 6:41:17 PM

cayene, red chile flakes and habenaro sauce, mix thick like a paste and spread on wood

4/9/2008 6:37:48 PM

I try to keep them in pasture as much as possible

4/9/2008 6:19:11 PM

chyenn pepper paste and electric fencing wire

4/9/2008 6:14:21 PM

We have put up horse mesh fence & wrapped it around the top board to prevent chewing

4/9/2008 6:09:34 PM

slather Halt Cribbing on everything chewable

4/9/2008 5:31:15 PM

Leon doesn't usually crib, just a little in the pasture when his buddies are.

4/9/2008 5:11:38 PM

Feed enough forage /fiber and they will not chew

4/9/2008 5:07:23 PM

Lots of good hay in winter and toys in the field

4/9/2008 4:54:52 PM

She has maximum time outside to keep her mentally healthy.

4/9/2008 4:54:12 PM

Cribbing Strip

4/9/2008 4:51:55 PM

No, but only because we have worked hard to make them unpalitable

4/9/2008 4:49:31 PM

I painted mine and it detoured him for awhile

4/9/2008 4:35:30 PM

Metal instead of wood

4/9/2008 4:22:25 PM

Miss Lillie is 3/4 TB and 1/4 beaver-got thru 12 x2 overnite once

4/9/2008 4:13:36 PM

proper feeding-free choice quality hay, alfalfa pellets, high fiber, low starch diets,plenty of t/o

4/9/2008 4:08:45 PM

feed more hay

4/9/2008 4:03:50 PM

they are at liberty to walk in and out of their stable when they want to

4/9/2008 3:51:14 PM


4/9/2008 3:49:56 PM

Not w whole lot, but sometimes, probably if bored

4/9/2008 3:39:46 PM

Bitter Apple spray

4/9/2008 3:33:36 PM

split her food portions into 4 feedings/day instead of 2

4/9/2008 2:45:14 PM

my horses chew each others blankets in the winter. I use bitter apple reappling after rain

4/9/2008 2:25:44 PM

he bites the pipe corrals

4/9/2008 2:15:30 PM

Weavers Cribbing Collar works the best, but you have to remove it regularly so they don't get sores

4/9/2008 2:12:15 PM

extra hay and turn out time

4/9/2008 1:46:18 PM

Electric fencing and horses are kept occupied by being out side as long as up to 16hrs in summer.

4/9/2008 1:45:29 PM

Recently replaced boards, painted, and added a hot wire. No chewing yet.

4/9/2008 1:25:32 PM

Hay, free choice, or in one (or two) of those nylon haynets from Dover that have tiny openings.

4/9/2008 1:13:28 PM

nope, lucky me

4/9/2008 1:12:14 PM

Lucky us! No cribbers!!!

4/9/2008 12:44:03 PM

In stalls only if not allowed turn out - electric pasture fence keeps them off

4/9/2008 12:39:45 PM

Not until a visiting horse showed them. Chew stop works, but is ugly, clear does not work!

4/9/2008 12:35:17 PM

Dycosote. It's USDA approved, non-carcinogenic and will work on most chewers!

4/9/2008 12:34:04 PM

They are too busy eating grass

4/9/2008 12:26:14 PM

yes, yes, yes, help - help - what can I do to stop this habit

4/9/2008 12:24:46 PM

mine have plenty of room and never spend time in a stall

4/9/2008 12:24:21 PM

One chews, not cribs, after she is given a treat. Others chew in winter a bit.

4/9/2008 12:20:48 PM

paint boards with a mixture of hot chilli peppers

4/9/2008 12:15:14 PM

4 years ago I started adding Nutrena Rocky Mountain Minerals they are happy and content.

4/9/2008 12:12:05 PM

electricfences stop chewing, plenty of grass & hay gives their mouths stuff to do, no barns for us.

4/9/2008 12:09:46 PM

Make sure they have plenty of turnout time so they're happy & have interesting things to do.

4/9/2008 11:50:01 AM

Chew Stop (the natural cinnamon kind) works great for a low level offender :)

4/9/2008 11:45:35 AM

Only rarely

4/9/2008 11:41:17 AM

I have one wind sucker off the track-- terrible habit and was not disclosed to me when I purchased.

4/9/2008 11:24:56 AM

Absolutely!!! And not just when confined. I think a couple of them are part beaver!

4/9/2008 11:24:22 AM

If they start I apply Crisco and then tabasco which they hate and quit the habit quickly

4/9/2008 11:15:51 AM

I have polyurethan fences.

4/9/2008 11:12:45 AM

Turn him out with a friend

4/9/2008 11:03:39 AM

My filly likes the trees more.

4/9/2008 10:52:36 AM

Give them a block of wood

4/9/2008 10:48:24 AM

The product, Halt Cribbing, is the only thing that stops mine from wood-chewing.

4/9/2008 10:35:27 AM


4/9/2008 10:35:19 AM

Only one chews. Two lick. The rest are fine. No suggestions have made a difference.

4/9/2008 10:31:27 AM

No, but 2 horses in the barn do. 1 with collar does well, 1 without cribs and chews constantly

4/9/2008 10:05:40 AM

In 45 yrs I never had a wood chew or a weaver. Horses get all day turnout.

4/9/2008 9:45:10 AM

Doesn't do it on pipe corral stall walls, but will play with wooden wheelbarrow handles or stalls.

4/9/2008 9:43:30 AM

No, because they are turned out 24/7 in big pastures

4/9/2008 9:42:25 AM

24 hour access to turnout except in extreme weather.

4/9/2008 9:38:39 AM

this year it has been horable, not sure why they are chewing. they never have in the past

4/9/2008 9:35:15 AM

Quitt helps a little

4/9/2008 9:34:01 AM

1 part palmolive dish soap, 2 parts water, 1/4 part very hot pepper powder

4/9/2008 9:29:35 AM

Bored horses need something to do. If they lack room to roam or companions to play with, they become

4/9/2008 9:28:21 AM

Letting her out and keeping her in regular exercise normally stops the chewing.

4/9/2008 9:24:02 AM

Only if stalled up

4/9/2008 9:20:07 AM

no matter how much pasture, they always seem to prefer to eat the barn ... aluminum caps where feas

4/9/2008 9:14:55 AM

3 cribbers and all others chew wood no solution found

4/9/2008 9:10:37 AM

QUITT worked for awhile, but is no longer effective.

4/9/2008 8:59:41 AM

they are well fed, but boredom makes them behave like beavers

4/9/2008 8:53:25 AM

Horses crib because of stomach pains. They can't belch-this is what they do. Change feed.

4/9/2008 8:52:13 AM

cover stall surfaces with metal, electric fencing outside

4/9/2008 8:46:54 AM

Your horse does this because he is bored, so buy him a toy or put an item over his mouth to prevent

4/9/2008 8:38:43 AM

I use Oak wood in my barn and as rails for my fencing. Jolly Balls are good for boredom.

4/9/2008 8:25:22 AM

Thank goodness we've never had a problem

4/9/2008 8:24:28 AM

used motor oil--make sure there is no antifreeze accidentally mixed in and paint it on th wood.

4/9/2008 8:13:28 AM

youngster just started doing it, I'm hoping it's teething I use treated wood wher possible and coat

4/9/2008 8:06:40 AM

horses in open field with lean to shed for shelter and are happy healthy horses

4/9/2008 8:04:48 AM

They do chew branches and treew some especially in the early spring.

4/9/2008 8:00:42 AM

If it's made of wood, any wood, they eat it.

4/9/2008 7:56:42 AM

Only one does & only at feeding time. He does it in his stall waiting for his grain.

4/9/2008 7:47:20 AM

I miss creosote which was cheap and worked well to discourage chewing

4/9/2008 7:07:13 AM

Don't let them get bored!!

4/9/2008 6:48:44 AM

Correction with a rub on the nose worked for me.

4/9/2008 6:05:34 AM

Our horses are in run in stables, so don't need to get bored. There are also lots of trees around.

4/9/2008 5:40:29 AM

NO ... but she's only 4 ...

4/9/2008 5:37:24 AM

Bitter apple keeps him off.

4/9/2008 4:53:23 AM

extreme chewing wood, metal, 24 hr t/o, hay 3-5 x day

4/9/2008 4:48:06 AM

muzzle while in the stall and hotwire top of boards

4/9/2008 4:37:36 AM

turn them out sometimes. Often they only do these things because they're bored

4/9/2008 3:39:48 AM

My horse cribs or windsucks. I even find him eating bark when hes bored!

4/9/2008 3:32:12 AM

My horse are out most of the day to prevent boredom

4/9/2008 2:22:55 AM

When left alone to long,bored and weather stress

4/9/2008 2:05:17 AM

Physical barrier - heavy wire hog or Del Mar panels over vulnerable spots in pens.

4/9/2008 1:57:33 AM

He chews his door even when he's outside as we never shut them in. Maybe just teething.

4/9/2008 1:42:25 AM

He chews his door even when he's outside as we never shut them in. Maybe just teething.

4/9/2008 1:41:42 AM

Use metal building and fencing materials.

4/9/2008 1:19:01 AM

Concrete Barn w/metal stall doors/bars-they chew buckets instead :-)

4/9/2008 12:57:57 AM

Pasture turnout and carboleneum paint on the paddock fences

4/9/2008 12:52:40 AM

Lots of turnout, adequate roughage in feed, play toys if stalled; youngsters will always chew!

4/9/2008 12:33:05 AM

I leave branches, tree trunks etc for additional forage.

4/9/2008 12:28:17 AM

never bored and not lacking the minerals that they sometimes search for

4/9/2008 12:17:00 AM

lots of turnout as well as hay in front of them at least 70 to 80% of the time.

4/9/2008 12:15:17 AM

Anything wooden, even with Quitt

4/9/2008 12:11:18 AM

Windsucking collars, chilli paste spread on fences

4/9/2008 12:06:08 AM

and trees., too!!

4/8/2008 11:53:29 PM

Make sure that they have free choice to grass hay, free choice vitamins and minerals

4/8/2008 11:48:44 PM

unless its excessive i don't worry about it.

4/8/2008 11:45:47 PM

keep them busy eating hay and grass. Some still seem to need to put everything within reach in thei

4/8/2008 11:24:48 PM

Only a few on their stalls

4/8/2008 11:24:33 PM

cayenne mixed with hot sauce, painted on wood!

4/8/2008 11:21:43 PM

When board

4/8/2008 11:15:59 PM

Modern horses are a GMO....too much beaver DNA has been spliced in!!!

4/8/2008 11:14:33 PM

I'll take any info I can get because nothing works

4/8/2008 10:54:40 PM

Paint the wood with hot sauce and baby oil

4/8/2008 10:50:09 PM

1 mule doesn't. the other is a termite and nothing dissuades her.

4/8/2008 10:48:27 PM

So far, I have only a licker in my four. He does this after eating his oat mix.

4/8/2008 10:48:00 PM

hot wire on fences, metal capping on stalls, play things to lessen boredom, free hay for munchers

4/8/2008 10:39:54 PM

original scent Ben Gay rubbed into wood is a great preventative.

4/8/2008 10:33:28 PM

high quality feed and hay at all times with 12-14 hours of turnout avoid this habit

4/8/2008 10:33:02 PM

shock collar

4/8/2008 10:32:07 PM

Increase turnout time in a pasture with grass

4/8/2008 10:30:23 PM

Some do. I cover it with steel angle iron when I can. Keeping cribbers in the pasture helps too.

4/8/2008 10:18:57 PM

24 x 7 pasture turn out.

4/8/2008 10:07:53 PM

Digestive enzymes have helped

4/8/2008 10:03:39 PM

They keep busy with lots of hay.

4/8/2008 10:03:25 PM

red pepper and oil soak my wood, don't rub your eyes after touching my fences....!!!!!

4/8/2008 10:00:14 PM

if your horse chews on wood he may need more fiber in his diet,

4/8/2008 9:59:07 PM

ciyane pepper mixed w/vaseline

4/8/2008 9:53:14 PM

I have a Castle Brook Barn and none of our horses chew on it as there is nothing for them to chew.

4/8/2008 9:46:14 PM

I paint all my wooden fences with sump oil that stop's them.

4/8/2008 9:45:34 PM

most is metak stall walls are the only wood

4/8/2008 9:40:56 PM

The one cribber I have improved markedly when I put him on UlcerGard for a month.

4/8/2008 9:36:17 PM

electric wire around top

4/8/2008 9:35:08 PM

Keep them fed properly and busy.

4/8/2008 9:31:43 PM

Keep them outside 24/7 with access to shelter.

4/8/2008 9:29:51 PM

Eliminate all wood and make sure your horse gets a lot of work so boredom is minimal.

4/8/2008 9:27:53 PM

brush motor oil on the wood

4/8/2008 9:19:45 PM


4/8/2008 9:14:45 PM

vinyl fencing! I love it.

4/8/2008 9:14:08 PM

He stays outside 24 x 7, electric fencing, lots of hay, a friend to play with :o)

4/8/2008 9:08:27 PM

Sump Oil

4/8/2008 9:06:58 PM

Also trees. Avoid treated timber in construction as poisonous to horses.

4/8/2008 9:06:50 PM

Provide a non-poisonus tree limb in the pasture for them to chew on, poplar works well.

4/8/2008 8:56:05 PM

she used to chew constantly before I pput her on 24/7 turnout.

4/8/2008 8:51:41 PM

But the chew the heck out of trees.

4/8/2008 8:49:10 PM

use "Quit"

4/8/2008 8:41:38 PM

An electric wire on the top of the board/pole

4/8/2008 8:40:26 PM

use pipe fences. also the product Quitt seems to help.

4/8/2008 8:40:15 PM

a confined stallion chews; the others do not.

4/8/2008 8:37:42 PM

move horse to stall with metal rails

4/8/2008 8:36:45 PM

hay available 24/7

4/8/2008 8:28:55 PM

i put corrogated drain pipe split down one side and stretch over the sides of my water trough

4/8/2008 8:26:30 PM

Rub fences with soap

4/8/2008 8:25:16 PM

make sure they have mineral salt and use a grazing muzzle on the "beaver"

4/8/2008 8:21:41 PM

Aluminum angle on corners and edges!

4/8/2008 8:19:09 PM

I have tried sprays, toys...I think my horse is part beaver!!

4/8/2008 8:18:16 PM

no, they get tournout 24-7 yearround there never that bored

4/8/2008 8:07:25 PM

my stable won't feed enough hay, I am leaving.

4/8/2008 7:58:30 PM

we put sheetrock corner beading on all the edges of the wood, it's metal!

4/8/2008 7:56:58 PM

They're beavers regardless of stall toys, lots of turnout in big padocks, free choice hay when in.

4/8/2008 7:52:12 PM

I use Moorman's Grostrong mineral.

4/8/2008 7:50:48 PM

if your horse chews he is probobly mineral deficient

4/8/2008 7:50:48 PM

I have smeared softened Irish Spring soap on favorite chewing areas.

4/8/2008 7:50:01 PM

Plenty of turn-out time!!!

4/8/2008 7:45:04 PM

Occasionally on the barn (wood). I spray it with a stop chew product and they will stop for awhile

4/8/2008 7:43:02 PM

Foal teething

4/8/2008 7:39:07 PM

All fences have hot wire across the top and all corners in the stalls have aluminum channel attached

4/8/2008 7:34:42 PM

hot wire and electric fencing

4/8/2008 7:29:36 PM

and trees, saddles, bridles, basicaly anything he can get his mouth on

4/8/2008 7:27:51 PM

give them lots of turnout & a hay based diet

4/8/2008 7:14:27 PM

Colorless crib halt applied to wood works well

4/8/2008 7:13:42 PM


4/8/2008 7:12:15 PM

one is a cribber but I have one that exhibits pica as well if he is left in the stall too much

4/8/2008 7:11:22 PM

Electric Fence,( run it around top of all wood fences.)

4/8/2008 7:09:34 PM

they have plenty to keep them busy

4/8/2008 7:04:12 PM

paint everything with mcnasty!

4/8/2008 7:02:07 PM

broke them of it with homemade cayenne pepper sol.

4/8/2008 6:58:48 PM

I use mix hot cheyene pepper with chew stop or oil.

4/8/2008 6:56:32 PM

feed them often and give them plenty of pasture time so they don't get bored

4/8/2008 6:51:24 PM

so far, no Sprays or paint ons have worked... neither does mineral/vitamin supplementing

4/8/2008 6:51:20 PM

only the babies

4/8/2008 6:51:03 PM

My mare doesn't, but there are plenty of horses at our barn that do.

4/8/2008 6:50:07 PM

Put PVC pipe around wood,stops it.

4/8/2008 6:42:56 PM

Have wooden planks in 2 spots on the fence line. Only thing they are chewing on though,

4/8/2008 6:35:58 PM

tobasco sauce works too, unless they like it

4/8/2008 6:33:57 PM

they chew on the stall boards

4/8/2008 6:29:21 PM

NOTHING WORKED with my mare, except for the 'Quitt' supplement.

4/8/2008 6:16:33 PM

on pasture 24 -7

4/8/2008 6:13:55 PM

turnout, turnout, turnout

4/8/2008 6:09:09 PM

i have used hot sauce on the tops of stall boards with success.

4/8/2008 6:08:44 PM

creosote treated lumber

4/8/2008 6:07:35 PM

One did, out of anxiety I think, when we first got him, but he stopped when he got acclimated

4/8/2008 6:04:41 PM

a boarded horse!!

4/8/2008 6:02:48 PM

I've started calling my new colt a beaver, as he chews on everything from round pens to trees! ahhh

4/8/2008 6:02:18 PM

lots of hay!

4/8/2008 6:01:47 PM

Hot pepper sauce mixed with cooking oil and sprayed onto wood surfaces!

4/8/2008 6:01:23 PM

24x24 pipe stall and horse that gets regular exercise

4/8/2008 5:56:27 PM

Rap Last or No Chew & if that d/n work; metal covers over exposed wood.

4/8/2008 5:55:38 PM

covering barn joists and stall edges with rubber flooring or carpet

4/8/2008 5:54:50 PM

I have a metal Barnmaster barn and Electrobraid on the top rail of my wood fence.

4/8/2008 5:54:15 PM

The only wood they chew on are the mesquite trees. Why??????

4/8/2008 5:53:10 PM

All the TIME!

4/8/2008 5:49:51 PM

The best deterent was Creosote.

4/8/2008 5:49:20 PM

Wood and other areas are covered with a heavy diamond wire mesh. Outside fences with electric fence.

4/8/2008 5:38:45 PM

I only stall in severe weather, use Chewstop or other inhibitors

4/8/2008 5:28:36 PM

keep them occupied and happy with enough hay for foragel

4/8/2008 5:25:22 PM

only in the spring..bar soap helps stop them from chewing. They get hay 5 x a day as well.

4/8/2008 5:21:54 PM

bccause he was not getting enough forage and had developed an ulcer.

4/8/2008 5:21:07 PM

Toys! Cones, exercise balls, basket balls, rubber tubs, anything to play w/to stop chewing my barn.

4/8/2008 5:19:15 PM

hay pellets, lotsof fiber

4/8/2008 5:10:24 PM

cover wood with metal U profiles/strips where possible

4/8/2008 5:09:06 PM

Only during the winter when the weather is bad and they only go out for a few hours each day.

4/8/2008 5:06:22 PM

Rebuild with oak instead of pine or other soft wood. Quit helps some, but not all.

4/8/2008 4:59:53 PM

used to chew wood at old barn. New barn is concrete with PVC fence and I provide hay or grass 24/7

4/8/2008 4:58:41 PM

They have always been good horses. I spend a lot of time with them.

4/8/2008 4:58:32 PM

Lots of pasture time

4/8/2008 4:57:43 PM

One never does, one always does and one only sometimes

4/8/2008 4:51:42 PM

I toss a polar log into the paddocks when they are really chewing a lot

4/8/2008 4:46:54 PM

Using rails instead of planks helps, and hotwiring top of fence

4/8/2008 4:46:51 PM

24/7 turnout may help; they do rub and scratch on posts, tho'

4/8/2008 4:45:57 PM

electric fence

4/8/2008 4:42:04 PM

No horse should be kept in a stall. Happy horses don't chew!!!

4/8/2008 4:41:13 PM

I give them more exercise and vary their schedules on feeding, training, trail riding .

4/8/2008 4:41:02 PM

They use the fences to itch and itch and itch.

4/8/2008 4:40:55 PM

more exercise alleviates boredom chewing

4/8/2008 4:32:38 PM

I do have 1 that runs her teeth up stall bars.

4/8/2008 4:32:26 PM

Why do people think horses stop chewing by taking off cribbing collars? They don't! They do it more!

4/8/2008 4:31:09 PM

I use chew stop if they start. Another thing that works is hot pepper sauce.

4/8/2008 4:29:04 PM

Miracle collar, works wonders

4/8/2008 4:24:36 PM

Some yes, some no. Mostly if they are bored

4/8/2008 4:24:24 PM

Usually only in the winter, when they start to get board outside.

4/8/2008 4:20:08 PM

electric fence!

4/8/2008 4:18:44 PM

I make sure they get hay 3x a day. There is a mini that will "eat" the fence. Her hay is restricted

4/8/2008 4:17:53 PM

Proper nutrition is key, keep them busy, turn them out so they are not bored!!!!

4/8/2008 4:16:53 PM

One of my two only chew the bark on our trees

4/8/2008 4:16:30 PM

I Hope You Have an answer.

4/8/2008 4:11:01 PM

Paint with Rainmaker and have hay in stall to stop "self-medicating"

4/8/2008 4:10:38 PM

eletric fence..........

4/8/2008 4:07:52 PM

Running a hot wire and covering wood with tin helps some

4/8/2008 3:58:32 PM

Just on the truck if they get too it.

4/8/2008 3:58:13 PM

HAY -- but there has been such a shortage we've had to feed complete feed and then they're bored!!!

4/8/2008 3:57:16 PM

I used electric fence wire to keep them off the wooden shelter that shades their water trough

4/8/2008 3:56:46 PM

only chews out of boredom in stall, so keep him out as much as possible

4/8/2008 3:56:41 PM

Ace has toys. And he will make toys out of anything he can get hold of.

4/8/2008 3:56:23 PM

One cribber, one chewer, one nibbler, four nothing

4/8/2008 3:52:35 PM

Less boredom! Minimize confinement and maximize freedom in pastures. Coarse hay.

4/8/2008 3:51:47 PM

Put homemade horseradish on it! Stopped that.

4/8/2008 3:51:43 PM

Pipe fences and metal barns

4/8/2008 3:48:16 PM

not so much in the barn, but outside they eat the rails and shelter for lunch!

4/8/2008 3:48:13 PM

This winter was especially bad

4/8/2008 3:45:38 PM

Quitt works great. It is a feed through product.

4/8/2008 3:45:18 PM

diesel mixed with cayenne pepper, painted on

4/8/2008 3:44:29 PM


4/8/2008 3:43:58 PM

I call them BEAVER'S!!

4/8/2008 3:43:38 PM

My horse never had the predisposition to chew.

4/8/2008 3:40:24 PM

They have access to hay/pasture 24/7 and get mineral but still persist in gnawing wood.

4/8/2008 3:40:14 PM

There is a spray called McNasty that WORKS, but take care not to breathe it in.

4/8/2008 3:39:27 PM

Sometimes. It seems to be more when the weather is bad and they are bored.

4/8/2008 3:36:31 PM

Plenty of pasture turnout with other horses. Less stress happier in a herd.

4/8/2008 3:35:14 PM

They do not wind suck but like to chew. I have resorted to giving them untreated lumber to chew on.

4/8/2008 3:32:52 PM

Unfortunately I have no tips, but I would like to find out how other owners deal with this situation

4/8/2008 3:32:47 PM

We have flashing installed on top edges in stall, hot wire on board fences

4/8/2008 3:32:20 PM

balanced diet is very important

4/8/2008 3:31:50 PM

Lots of toys

4/8/2008 3:31:22 PM

they eat the hawthorn & fir tree limbs

4/8/2008 3:30:21 PM

Only during winter when forage is limited to twice daily feeding

4/8/2008 3:29:48 PM

24/7 pasture

4/8/2008 3:29:40 PM

I keep them in pasture, exercised and their minds busy.

4/8/2008 3:29:24 PM

when bored

4/8/2008 3:28:35 PM

put metal on edges where possible

4/8/2008 3:26:40 PM

She chews when she is missing a vtitamin or mineral so I increase Grow N Win and she stops it!

4/8/2008 3:18:59 PM

decreased hay rations have led to chewing this year; feed more hay

4/8/2008 3:18:40 PM

I put lemon dishwashing liquid on the fences and now they have stopped chewing.

4/8/2008 3:18:28 PM

I use brown crib halt

4/8/2008 3:13:43 PM

My horse thinks he's a beaver!

4/8/2008 3:09:52 PM

Metal corner moldings wherever they will fit.

4/8/2008 3:09:35 PM

hot wire

4/8/2008 3:09:07 PM

My three and a half yr old filly learned to crib very early on. I use a neck sweat, works!

4/8/2008 3:00:49 PM

I have one who cribs

4/8/2008 2:59:24 PM

Make sure they have plenty of roughage.

4/8/2008 2:59:23 PM

Spraying "McNasty" once a week seems to help.

4/8/2008 2:58:55 PM

they're outside and not bored so they don't chew

4/8/2008 2:57:18 PM

when I get horses that bear the wood, I cut 3-4 ft. lenghts of poplar or willow and toss in paddock.

4/8/2008 2:56:07 PM

They can't chew -- we use pipe corrals and barns

4/8/2008 2:55:29 PM

miracle collar

4/8/2008 2:54:51 PM

He eats bark off trees,other horses' tails & anything he can get his teeth on(he's out on pasture)

4/8/2008 2:54:31 PM

I have a 31 yo cribber - all agree cribbing keeps him young at heart - go figure

4/8/2008 2:51:07 PM

The barn, the fences... I'm glad I don't have a wooden leg.

4/8/2008 2:47:08 PM

I don't have horses, I have 4-legged, 1,200-pound termites.

4/8/2008 2:46:07 PM

At least one thing that has not happened YET !!!!

4/8/2008 2:37:53 PM

A bar of soap rubbed on the fence or stall door is effective--it tastes bad but won't hurt them.

4/8/2008 2:25:01 PM

I asked the horses about all the teeth marks on my new riding arena fence...said it was big termites

4/8/2008 2:23:00 PM

paint used motor oil on the boards

4/8/2008 2:03:51 PM

Not in her stall, but outside

4/8/2008 1:21:35 PM

High tensile fence, metal stalls

4/8/2008 12:45:29 PM

make sure that they have alot of grass

4/8/2008 12:25:01 PM

old, dried-up grass in winter for pasture saves the barn

4/8/2008 12:03:08 PM

mare taught her foal who taught two others, hay 24/7

4/8/2008 11:36:13 AM

use lower quality hay for snacking

4/8/2008 11:25:41 AM

only when confined

4/8/2008 10:37:39 AM

no pine boards

4/8/2008 10:29:01 AM

I sprayed No Chew on the fence and he has never chewed since

4/8/2008 10:17:48 AM