About once/yr my horses may lick the salt in the salt block holder. I've tried the ones that hang on the wall with a 4 lb salt lick, white or red. I've tried the 50 lb ones that the horses crap on. Guess what ponies, you get loose salt in your grain and beet pulp meals. That's it!
Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you!
What my horse likes to use as a toy? His fly spray bottle. He figured out he could crane his giant head out of the stall, grab it from where it hung on the blanket bar, and then fling it across the aisle for funsies.
I have the opposite problem with the Lik-it type toys. My guys eat them, so the insert that is supposed to provide hours of distraction goes like the tootsie pop in the commercial with the owl: lick-lick-lick-crunch-crunch-crunch-gone. The last one I bought, I put in the holder and all that was left by the time I took the wrapper to the trash and walked back was a piece laying on the ground - and that was rapidly hoovered up.
I'm sure you did, but after someone in my barn did NOT, I always ask...you removed the plastic on the outside of the treat, right?! Someone in an old barn couldn't figure out why her horse, who was pretty piggy, wouldn't touch the likit treat. Turned out she hadn't realized that plastic wrap on it wasn't part of the treat. Oh, we laughed about that! The stuff is hard to remove, unless they've changed the packaging.
got the insert for the likit without the hanger until I found out if my horse would like it, (he didn't). My boyfriend's response was "this is why we can't have kids, they will ask for something and you will hand them a stick and say pretend, you are so cheap." LOL not cheap-frugal!
Unfortunately, comparing a Lik-It to a cribbing habit is like comparing a Tootsie Roll to crack.
Direct stimulation of the pleasure center of the brain is what you're up against.
My neighbor has a great solution; put him in a stall where there are NO surfaces anywhere he can grab to crib on. That'll force him to eat the hay AND the Lik-It in lieu of cribbing.
I feel for you; one of ours is eating half a mile of post-and-rail just like a beaver!
He's learned to defeat the Miracle Collar, considers Bitter Apple a condiment, and will crib in the presence of the world's most beautiful hay.
Fortunately, he stays FAT on mostly air! I suppose I shouldn't complain . . .
My horses are the type to eat it within in a night/day.
You could try removing the top part of the lick-it holder, so then it's easier for him to get to the treat. And maybe just lead him to it, maybe take a piece out of it and give it to him. I have yet to see a horse who doesn't like lick-it.
Throw a old lead shank in there....or better yet leave one outside in the paddock and watch two horses play tug o war.. Seriously......entertains them for hours. And inexpensive.
Just make sure to remove the metal hardware including the clasp that often holds the end near the snap.
Or "You'll put your eye out!" < Horsemom to Horsekid
I used to hang a 5gal RedCell with dispenser outside our horses' stall when we boarded.
It was always drippy all down the sides & I was blaming the barn help for being lazy dispensing it = that stuff cost $$!
Until I witnessed DH's TWH using his prehensile lips to serve himself a "treat"
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My boy wasn't interested at all in his likit when I first hung it. Then two weeks later, it "disappeared" over night. The next one lasted a couple hours. He was very fond of the banana likit!
I tried Jolly Balls and he shared them with his neighbors, so I always lost them. The only "toy" that worked was a 74-quart muck bucket. He was protesting his waterer, and would only drink from the bucket. At night, he'd dump all the water out and greet me with it.
For my guys, the lik-it treats were too easy. Chomp, gone. So I use the lik-it holder but put pony pops in it, and hang them where they can't pin on the wall. Those last longer, but can be messier with sticky faces. One horse, when on stall rest at a barn from he!!, he figured out even the pony pops could be chomped and would go through one in 15 minutes. So I hung the whole thing OUTSIDE the stall bars so he had to lick through the bars. I looked like the meanest (or dumbest) HO ever, but it slowed him down but kept him occupied. This is the same horse that licks out applesauce cups like a dog.