Cribbing Rings for Horses

Cribbing Rings for Horses

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I believe my horse learned the cribbing habit before I purchased him at the age of 7. He has had a good healthy diet, exercise, companions, pasture boarded and still cribs. I’ve tried everything. As he gets older, now 20, he wears the cribbing strap part of the day. His skin is thinner now and he can develop sores if not monitored closely. So I would definitely consider this option. Cribbing can kill a horse if he develops colic. There is no pain if the horse stops cribbing. So get off your high horse of judgement. Most of us do what we can to help our horses and don’t need other bystanders judgement.

E. harris more than 1 year ago

This is treating the symptom and not the cause

Stereotypic behaviours are coping mechanisms that are seen as reducing stress.
Stereotypic behaviours thus increase an animal's mental welfare in suboptimal conditions.
The crib-biting is not the problem, the behaviour is the animal's reaction to the environment. The actual cause of the problem needs to be treated, and not the symptom. If a horse lives according to its ethology with stable and pleasant social groups, chewing a minimum 10 hours per day, moving at its own pace for the most of the day, sleeping a minimum of 4 hours a day from which is 30 minutes is REM sleep completely flat on the ground (adult horses, foals need more sleep), with enrichment that the animal is allowed to investigate in its own pace and style no reasons for the animal to perform stereotypic behaviour may not be present.

Crib-biting is not the problem, the horse's management is.

V more than 2 years ago

Cribbing Rings

I am deeply disturbed by this practice. While on the surface it may stop some horses from cribbing, I can say from my experience rehabbing a former 24/7 cribber holistically, the causes of the cribbing have not been resolved by cribbing rings. They simply make it uncomfortable for the horse to crib. While this will deter some horses, it still doesn't get to the root cause of why a particular horse cribs. Grain, confinement, and lack of a herd for friends can all cause stress that contribute to why a horse cribs. Over the course of several years of rehabbing this formerly cribbing horse from a holistic perspective, the cribbing stopped completely as his body returned to full health living a lifestyle as close to a natural environment as possible. For anyone who has a horse that cribs and wants to find a holistic solution, I wrote about my experience with this former cribber here.

Mary Walby more than 2 years ago

Rings in horse teeth

This is stupid cruelty. Let your horse live in a more natural environment to reduce stress, do not expose them to risk of infection and pain by doing this ugly procedure.

Linda W more than 3 years ago

Cribbing Rings

Promotion is not why we ran this story. It was an alternative used on the horse that worked for the owner and the horse. But we do appreciate your concerns. Have a blessed day!

Karen ( more than 3 years ago

Cribbing Rings

I can't believe you are promoting this barbaric practice in your magazine. I'm appalled and disgusted that anyone would do this to a horse, let alone a so-called "professional". I'm hoping I've misread something here and that actually you are condemning the practice by bringing it to people's attention.

Mary Anne Manigian more than 3 years ago

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