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Cribbing in horses: A surgical approach to treatment. Sounds like declawing — 3 Comments

  1. Cribbing & wind sucking have been recently (18 years ago) most often attributed to GERD in equines, yes they can be learned, but on investigation, the original cribber is often found to suffer from GERD.

    This surgery sounds obscene. Not simple at all.

    Cribbing can be reduced and/or eliminated once the cause, often psychological/environmental is established and changed.

  2. Horses seldom have one owner throughout their lives. Cribbers may end up in very good homes where the original source of the problem is long gone. It’s an addictive behavior. If removing all other stresses and offering a more natural lifestyle to the horse doesn’t work the surgery might be the kindest thing. I have always hated cribbing collars. Most horse owners can tell you some horror stories about them. Worse bringing a cribber into your herd is other horses can learn from them. I have had some cribbers that if a minimal procedure would have been available I would have opted for it. It can become a destructive behavior to the horses health.
    Cribbing should never be confused with chewing on fences and wood. My personal opinion is these vices are man made stress relief that can be avoided in almost all cases by keeping our horses in a natural environment with plenty of mental stimulation when stalled.

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