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  • Wood Chewing

    What product do you recommend for wood fences to inhibit chewing? I know that nothing is likely going to work 100%, but I've got to try something before these beavers, er, horses, chew their way to the next county!

  • #2
    Replacing the wood fence with a non edible fence is the only thing we have found to work!


    • #3
      Strand of hot wire on top board
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      • #4
        For small areas the McNasty spray works well. Just don't inhale it or get it in your eyes as it really is nasty and burns. My mare actually like the Farnam spray and would lick it off the wood.

        Farnam also markets a pelleted supplement (Quitt Chew) they claim helps stop wood chewing.


        • #5
          I have the same dilemma. i have a horse on stall rest and am worried that his wood eating is going to progress to cribbing. I am trying dfferent things to keep him entertained during the day. In the interim I am trying "cribhalt" but have found the effects dont last too long.


          • #6
            I've resorted to hand dish washing liquid. It's cheap, sticks on really well, and the horses hate it. Dawn is what I've used in the past...


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              • #8
                Andylover - you may consider giving your stall bound horse ulcergard. My mare ate wood when her ulcers flare up & being on stall rest with limited turnout can cause ulcers.
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                • #9
                  Cribox and hot wire.

                  Cribox- is not user friendly to apply, but stopped my cribber from cribbing on the fence. Because it worked for cribbing, I imagine it will work for chewing. I slathered his entire paddock with cribox over a few days. Good times.
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                  • #10
                    Irish Spring soap, although you do have to keep applying. My horse loved the "step chew" paint on product, so that did not work for us!


                    • #11
                      Good luck. One of mine went through a period of gnawing the boards dividing their run-in. The soap kind of worked, but not for long, and the Quitt didn't do much. I gave him a powdered Probiotic on his feed and that seemd to work. Coincidence, I don't know, but I kept him on it for a few months and he's been good since. Knock on wood. Haha.

                      If they are all doing it, hot wire. You can spend a lot of time soaping/painting fence if you have a lot of it.


                      • #12
                        Our paddocks are hot wired but the damned things still go in between the wire and above and below it to get a chew in ...

                        The only thing Ive found that works and is cheap / easy to apply, is either Hooflex or a liquid hoof dressing. They hate it, it lasts forever, doesnt wash off in the rain and snow and Ive found the areas I painted last year they still avoid this year

                        Good luck!

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                        • #13
                          I put on some Chew Stop laced with red pepper (cayenne) yesterday and it stopped them-lots of sneezing...The best I've found is RapLast but don't breathe it nor get it in your eyes!
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                          • #14
                            I'd try treating the ulcers. It's cheaper in the long run and better for the horse. In the barn, for chewing because of boredom, Vicks VaporRub.


                            • #15
                              I use chew stop, comes in a yellow paint can or a smaller square can. You have to use the black/brown color. It is like tar almost and messy, but it works. You have to reapply about once a month. It sticks in your hair like marshmellows. If your horse can lean over the fence then the stuff will get on their necks. But it works great. I use a paint brush or roller brush to put it on. Do not get the clear stuff, it does not last nearly as long and it soaks into the wood more, so it is less effective.
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                              • #16
                                I just took a look at the "Quitt" supplement. Smartpak sells it. It has good reviews. Basically it's just a vit/min supp in an alfalfa pellet. I would think any additional vit/min would work; there's tons to choose from. Maybe try adding one in?


                                • #17
                                  Have you got any "safe" kind of brush you can trim to put in their paddocks? Honeysuckle is a good one for our location, pesky invasive, needs trimming to keep my fences cleaned out. Or some new cut tree logs like live willow, Ash, other safe woods?

                                  I have found that our horses seem to have a "need to chew wood" when winter comes. May be part of being a horse, when winter forage would be brush instead of grasses in snow or cold times. We toss some stuff into a small pile in the paddocks, where horse can choose to chew or not. They like the cut wood better than chewing on stuff that we have to pay to repair, wood posts, stall walls, BARN SIDING.

                                  There isn't much left of a brush pile, even HUGE ones, when the horses get done with it in spring. They all have PLENTY of hay to eat, will walk away to chew brush pile offerings.

                                  Deer locally change what they eat in winter, so folks tossing them hay bales are usually wasting their money and hay, because deer stomach is not set to digest that kind of food in winter. Deer around us eat brush in winter, not grasses. So horses' seasonal choice of foods changing that way is quite logical if you think about it. Horses having round hooves to paw with, clear snow, gives them an advantage over the split hooved animals trying to eat in winter snow depths.


                                  • #18
                                    Quitt. It goes in the horse not on the fence.


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Meadow36 View Post
                                      I just took a look at the "Quitt" supplement. Smartpak sells it. It has good reviews. Basically it's just a vit/min supp in an alfalfa pellet. I would think any additional vit/min would work; there's tons to choose from. Maybe try adding one in?
                                      It works. Our owner uses it when we chew wood. Only takes a few days for us to quit when we eat those Quitt pellets.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by quarterhorse4me View Post
                                        For small areas the McNasty spray works well. Just don't inhale it or get it in your eyes as it really is nasty and burns. My mare actually like the Farnam spray and would lick it off the wood.

                                        Farnam also markets a pelleted supplement (Quitt Chew) they claim helps stop wood chewing.
                                        I tried the Farnum No-Chew yesterday for this very same problem, and my gelding also liked it! I could see he had increased his chewing since I applied it. The barn is going to apply some really icky stuff today that seems to work. It's an anti-cribbing product, not sure which one, but none of the horses like it.