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  • Stop nibbling on the FENCE!!!

    I've searched for threads to help, but didn't find what I was looking for...so here goes...
    What can I put on my fence to REALLY deter nibbling, not cribbing, but nibbling???
    Don't want herbal or "nicey -nicey" suggestions.
    I want him to taste it ONE time and think "oh crap, that is horrible, I'm never tasting that fence again!"
    I've tried tobassco, wasabi, cayenne...(don't think I'm mean) I think he actually liked wasabi.
    I don't care if I have to keep re-applying, there is only a small section he does this on, because he can see nag that wind sucks and he's immature and is starting to think it might be "cool" to do that (the rest of the fence is hot wired and this small part can't be hot)
    Please don't suggest more hay, or teeth checked, etc.
    Just something ugly, gross for him to get a taste of!!!!

  • #2
    Have you tried the bitter apple stuff that they sell for dogs?

    I know of people who swear by used motor oil, and I have seen it work, but not sure how safe it would be if they decided to chew anyway.

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      #3
      Have not tried bitter apple, am going to pet store today anyway and will pick some up.
      Will also try motor oil, like I said, I'm not trying to "be nice" (don't wanna kill him) although when I see him doing it sometimes I think I could
      It's only like 3 rails, I'll try the motor oil on the most "popular" and if he still nibbles, it won't be too much
      Thanks,
      keep em coming!!!

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      • #4
        I use McNasty by Eqyss... seems to do the trick with my nibblers. Second ingredient is Olerescin Capsacium (sp?). This will burn your nose if you don't vet the place when you apply, but is odorless and colorless and safe for a variety of surfaces.
        Gone gaited....

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        • #5
          Dycosote!!!

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          • #6
            Put Quitt in the horses and either Hoof Heal (from a gallon jug) or WD 40 on the fences.
            I've also used generic ivermectin in small places like the stall.

            sometimes there is a mold in the wood that attracts horses.

            The Quitt worked on mine.

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            • #7
              this is not for the faint of heart... When my beavers started chewing on the support poles on their run in shed, I mixed up a concoction of (wear your latex gloves!) horse poop and Dawn dishwashing liquid and smeared it all over the posts. It did the trick!
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              • #8
                Hot wire. Make the fence live, and he won't chew on it. Oh, just realized that's not an option.

                Dawn dishwashing soap seems to deter chewers.

                How about nailing some angle iron to the top of the boards?

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                • #9
                  Aside from various horse potions, you can also get deer repellants with Bitrex in them. Bitrex is a harmless but extremely bitter substance. The deer repellants tend to have long acting binding substances and a light smell to warn the animal not to take a nibble. Be sure to wear gloves and a scarf over your face when you are applying Bitrex. The stuff won't do you any harm if it drips onto your fingers or if the breeze blows a little of the spray onto your lips, but you'll get an unbelievably nasty taste if you lick your lips or touch any food with your fingers afterwards.

                  Have you thought about getting your horse something he's allowed to chew on? We have a lot of poplar and pine branches down in the pasture right now, and the horses are absolutely delighted. They eat their breakfast and lunch hay when they're hungry and mean business. Then they spend the warm afternoons poking around in the brush piles stripping bark off the branches for amusement.

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                  • #10
                    Does this not usually mean they are not fed frequently enough or need more fiber in their diet? How about using small meshed hay bags to keep them eating longer, as it simulates more natural foraging?

                    Aside from that, I was told a vet once said to use dog poop and put it on the boards. Disgusting, but I think it works in all cases.

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                    • #11
                      What worked to stop 2 actual cribbers for us was to mix crisco (the lardy smear kind) with cayan or tobasco and smear it on the fence. The lard in the crisco really accentuates the flavor of whatever you are putting in it! It is messy, but they tend to get the hint.

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                      • #12
                        Burnt motor oil worked when mine were chewing on their shelters. Don't tell the EPA though!

                        Tree

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BornToRide View Post
                          Does this not usually mean they are not fed frequently enough or need more fiber in their diet? How about using small meshed hay bags to keep them eating longer, as it simulates more natural foraging?
                          I don't think it's the case all the time. I have had my horses leave their hay to chew on the siding of this one shelter I have. I'm at my wits end too and am delighted to see this thread! I have lots of new ideas!

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                          • #14
                            After owning two cribbers, the only thing that worked was CRIBOX.

                            It is available at Dover and I think Smartpak now carries it too. That stuff sticks to anything (metal fences, wood, pvc) and do not get it under your nails as you will never bite them again! Only thing...its expensive and is really for those areas that you just cannot hotwire.

                            Good luck!
                            Keep in mind...normal is just a dryer setting.~anonymous

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BornToRide View Post
                              Does this not usually mean they are not fed frequently enough or need more fiber in their diet? How about using small meshed hay bags to keep them eating longer, as it simulates more natural foraging?
                              I don't think the horses at my barn could get any more hay than the nice round bales they have in the pastures, and they do it too. I got so frustrated at one horse eating every rail in just one section that borders my pasture that I wrapped wire around it. Working very well so far.

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                              • #16
                                Go to your local dollar store, get several bars of strong smelling deodorant soap (like Irish Spring). Rub liberally on the already chewed spots and anywhere else that you think they might chew.

                                I guarantee they won't chew it after you apply the soap. I have been doing this for years (as needed) both in the barn and on the fences.
                                There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams

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                                • #17
                                  Sorry no advice, but I had chewers and they drove me up a damn wall also!!

                                  They were such jerks about it too. I'd spy them chewing, run out there like a lunatic to shoo them away...then the very second I turned my back I hear CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!
                                  Originally posted by barka.lounger
                                  u get big old crop and bust that nags ass the next time it even slow down.

                                  we see u in gp ring in no time.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Daydream Believer View Post
                                    I don't think it's the case all the time. I have had my horses leave their hay to chew on the siding of this one shelter I have. I'm at my wits end too and am delighted to see this thread! I have lots of new ideas!
                                    Perhaps there's something else then missing in the diet that they find in the wood? Or it became a learned bad habit maybe.....

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                                    • #19
                                      rubbing any bar of soap over the wood worked for me...i save all my end of the bar pieces just for winter nibblers and keep one in my pocket every time i go out...after trying all of the stuff in this post it's the only thing that worked and with the least amount of effort and expense

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Rebmik View Post
                                        I've searched for threads to help, but didn't find what I was looking for...so here goes...
                                        What can I put on my fence to REALLY deter nibbling, not cribbing, but nibbling???
                                        Don't want herbal or "nicey -nicey" suggestions.
                                        I want him to taste it ONE time and think "oh crap, that is horrible, I'm never tasting that fence again!"
                                        I've tried tobassco, wasabi, cayenne...(don't think I'm mean) I think he actually liked wasabi.
                                        I don't care if I have to keep re-applying, there is only a small section he does this on, because he can see nag that wind sucks and he's immature and is starting to think it might be "cool" to do that (the rest of the fence is hot wired and this small part can't be hot)
                                        Please don't suggest more hay, or teeth checked, etc.
                                        Just something ugly, gross for him to get a taste of!!!!
                                        We have a number of 'chewers' and I have tried many of these alternatives and indeed diesel fuel which I thought would certainly deter them - not so!
                                        We are just finishing off a comprehensive electric fence and I am wondering why you cannot electrify your particular area; I have not come across a part that we cannot do in our 4 miles of fairly intricate fencing.

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