Nasty Habit...

I've had my horse (Leah) for about five years, and we've recently moved farms because my Grandad didn't really get on with the owner of the last one.

I really love the new farm, but I've noticed when I tie Leah to the fence, she's started eating the wood.  I've tried a few tactics to try and make her stop, but nothing seems to've worked.  I thought she might have been windsucking for a while, but when I've watched her, she's physically been eating the wood...

What should I do? I really don't want anything bad to happen to her 'cause of this nasty habit...

domitillaTLA domitillaTLA
18-21, F
5 Responses Feb 24, 2009

In addition to using the red pepper or cinnamon to stop the chewing, make sure she has access to a mineral block. I found one of mine stopped chewing as soon as I put out a new block. If I fail to replace the block when it's gone, he starts to chew wood again soon after.

..usually works ... best part is that it is harmless:)

You are very welcome. :)

Thanks a lot - I'll try the red pepper, and see if it works with her.<br />
Thanks!<br />
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Tie her to the fence and get some red pepper, just regular red pepper you buy for cooking, and sprinkle it all along the fence in her reach and<br />
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It has worked for our horses--they never chewed the fence again. You won't hurt her, I promise.