On Tue, 25 Mar 1997 11:43:41 -0800 "Susan F. Evans"
>looking at a QH mare who I just discovered cribs---not continually
>but often enough. She grabs the top bar of the corral, sort of pulls
>back and grunts, which I assume is swallowing air. >
Where I come from we call this "stump sucking". It is worse than
"cribbing", which is simply chewing wood, because of the air intake into
> then have her colic, etc because of this.
Yes, colic is common to "stump suckers" IMO. Of course this is only
>Do the cribbing straps really work or are they just a hopeful
Nope, my neighbor, a senior veterinary student, recently put down her
sweet little TB gelding. He was a "stump sucker" who wore a cribbing
strap all the time. They finally gave up on him after numerous colics,
two surgeries within one year, and special dietary help all to no avail.
>I'd be pathetically grateful for comments from the teeming masses ;-)
Sorry. Wish I had better news.
Linda VanCeylon & crew
Buhni, Sunny, Rabbit, & Fiddler