How to stop the horse eating the wooden fence

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8 years 10 months ago #35595 by Bianca
Hi All

Need some help and advice on how to curb the eating habits of a mare who likes the fence. Any ideas?? :D :D

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8 years 10 months ago #466200 by igor
Electric fencing.

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8 years 10 months ago #466207 by stephclark
YIP electric wire or paint with crib stop...the wood eaters will demolish a stable door and frame as well.. crib stop for that as well...

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8 years 10 months ago #466216 by Stikkibeek
creosote also good, but it can burn and there are a few really persistent horses that won't be put off by the smell as most are.

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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8 years 10 months ago #466220 by kindajojo
Can you solve the problem not treat the symptoms
Why is she chewing fences:
Is she just eating the fence or using it to windsuck. Intensely dislike windsuckers but you can get a face mask that prevents them sucking but still lets them graze. Very hard to cure once the habit is imprinted. If confined to an electric fence system I have seen them try to suck on concrete troughs, other horses and peoples shoulders

Some horse like to chew as something to do because of boredom or a learned habit from stress particularly Tb's. has she got company. Some think that horses learn to chew fences from other horses so are reluctant to share paddocks with a fence chewer or wind sucker.

Has she got access to feed most of the day or is this a stabled horse

A willow branch in the paddock is better than fences.

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8 years 10 months ago #466279 by Bianca
HI
She is a TB mare. I only have her for 6 weeks. The owners are overseas at the moment. She's never been ridden. She is in a big paddock. 2.5 acres. She is alone and I think that is where the problem is. She has plenty of grass she also have hard feed in the morning and late afternoon. When we got her 2 weeks ago we did put her with the whiltshire sheep, 2 pregnant ewes. (At her owners place she was with sheep in a paddock.) She chased them around in the paddock so we had to put her in the other paddock. There is no change in her diet, the owner gave her feed that he always give her. Ideally I would love to have another horse with her.

She does not windsuck just chewing pieces out the fence.

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8 years 10 months ago #466354 by kindajojo
Sound like stress from being by herself and boredom no one to horse talk too. A paddock mate would be an idea unless oyu can spend a lot of time with her

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8 years 10 months ago #466371 by brodie
Quite often T.B's can have ulcer problems,too,especially if she is not long out of racing.Make sure she has lots of roughage,and maybe a roadcone or ball to play with for boredom.

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7 years 11 months ago #489266 by Peterkit03
Just as a joke. Rub Cayenne chilli sauce on his favourite dance. lol.

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7 years 11 months ago #489371 by Baroque
Probably stress related.

I'd give her a nice mineral salt lick to keep her busy and maybe run a hot along the fence so she can't grab it as wood chewing often leads to windsucking. Some hay and a toy to keep her amused may help, can she see other horses where she is?

You could use cribbox or similar but be warned that you need to be very careful with it, make sure you wear gloves!

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