Cribbing is a serious vice in horses that can lead to:
- Weight loss
- Wear down the top incisors
- Cause horses to be more prone to colic
What is Cribbing?
Cribbing is when the horse grasps onto a surface (often wood) with its teeth, flexes its neck, and swallows air.
There are a variety of cribbing collars and other equipment available to stop cribbing, but most are effective only in reducing cribbing or are not effective at all.
Why would a horse crib?
Cribbing is thought to be a coping mechanism that horses use to deal with stress or boredom. Managing horses to prevent cribbing is a more effective way to address this problem.
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