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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-domitilla

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 watch....lol<br />
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It has worked for our horses--they never chewed the fence again. You won't hurt her, I promise.