Putting Weight On My Cribber


“I have a 4 yr. old Thoroughbred that cribs.. we got him free last fall from a lady in MN who got him from CA off a race track.. We have tried the “shock” collar on him.. it started to work and then he decided to rub it on the  fences and turn it upside down.. a real pain.

  We are looking for something that will help with weight gain. He has been loosing weight (which he really never had much to loose). And for this we haven’t even been on him.

What would you recommend for him?”

Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella:

Sorry to hear about your horse. It is a habit that once developed can be nearly impossible to break. I would recommend keeping a cribbing collar on the horse, because a horse that cribs consistently can wear their front teeth down, making it hard for them to eat. Also, if you can, allow a lot of turn out time, and free-choice hay. Sweet feeds have been observed to increase the frequency of a cribber cribbing. A link has found between ulcers and cribbing as well. It is unknown if the ulcers are created from cribbing or vice versa. Research has shown that genetics play a role in cribbing. Therefore, horses are unlikely to learn the habit from a cribber.

If you want to read a great article with a lot of research on cribbing go to: http://www.equisearch.com/article/cribbing-why-some-horses-need-pacifiers

As far as the weight issue goes, I would highly recommend starting him on Super Weight Gain. It is an amazing weight gain product that not only provides added calories to the diet with high protein and fat, it also is the only weight gain supplement to provide a complete vitamin/mineral supplement, and prebiotics, probiotics, and live yeast cultures. These components help to address the weight issue in a most rounded way in order to more effectively help the horse put on weight.

I hope you find this helpful. Thanks for taking good care of your horse.

About Dr. Kelsey J. Nonella Ph.D., P.A.S.

Kelsey J. Nonella, Ph.D. is an equine nutritionist who was riding horses before she could walk. Her love for horses drives her to help educate people on what their horses’ needs in order to have happy, healthy horses. Kelsey went to Cal Poly receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and then onto West Texas A&M, where she got her Masters and eventually her Doctorates in Equine Science. At A&M, Dr. Nonella did extensive research on Selenium within horses. Click here to view her research. Kelsey’s colleagues have mentioned her as one of the United States equine Selenium experts.
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