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hello. may i know why do horses crib? do tell me how to fix this problem in horses?

It is thought that horses may start cribbing due to boredom, or even being deficient in some type of feed supplement so they start chewing on something that contains what they are missing. Once a horse starts, it can be very difficult to get them to stop.  There are cribbing collars that are sold, which do not allow the horse to expand its' wind pipe and suck in air - but this works if the horse is what is known as a 'wind sucker' - you can tell this by watching to see if it will stand and put its' mouth on something then actuall suck in air through its' mouth.  It is believed that this action releases endorphins in the hroses' brain giving it a 'high' feeling - and this can become addictive to the hose.  


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Lisa Lee


Questions on basic training, fire safety with all types of animals, transportation questions, Fire Code requirements for buildings (NYS), basic building construction, fire safety in barns and animal facilities.


Over 20 years experience in the horse industry, from working on farms to owning and breeding my own horses. Have been involved with Code Enforcement and NFPA Standard development for the past 7 years. I am also involved in the Fire Service, both volunter and professionally, for a total of 20+ years.

Past - NFPA, current, Easy Street Horse Rescue (Board of Directors)

Multiple National Certifications in the Fire Service, including Fire Service Instructor, Fire Investigator Level 1, Hazardous Materials Technician; and I am curently close to the completion of my AS in Fire Science Technology. Over 20 years experience working with horses both personally and professionally, currently owner of 2 Paso Fino horses.

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