ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: cribbing

Re: cribbing

Linda H VanCeylon (lindavan.eqath@juno.com)
Tue, 25 Mar 1997 18:14:35 PST

Hi Susan,

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
the gut.

> then have her colic, etc because of this.

Yes, colic is common to "stump suckers" IMO. Of course this is only
ANTECDOTAL informaiton.

>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

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