Cribbing

in Health Conditions

Cribbing

Symptoms:

  • Sucking on fence rails, stall doors and feed buckets (often during or after eating)
  • Gulping air
  • Burping and gas
  • Worn front teeth
  • Enlarged neck muscles
  • Appetite changes

Causes:

  • Heartburn, acid reflux and/or indigestion
  • Ulcers – Refer to Ulcers Page
  • Over-eating
  • Indigestion
  • Inappropriate diet – high sugar, protein and/or alfalfa
  • Infrequent feedings
  • Parasites – Refer to Parasite Page
  • Stall confinement
  • Stress and/or emotional upset
  • Suppression of emotional trauma
  • Drug use including non-steroidal anti-inflammatories

Treatment

Diet & Nutrition:

  • Eliminate all grain and commercial feed
  • Eliminate alfalfa
  • Eliminate all dietary fats and oils
  • Eliminate any possible hay allergies
  • Feed hay from slow feeders 24/7 to ensure small frequent meals – this prevents hunger, excess acid production, stomach irritation and stress

Recommended Remedies – dosage as per labels:

  • Pro-Colon probiotics – Restores intestinal ecosystem, improves nutrient absorption, helps with leaky gut and/or intestinal inflammation
  • Magnesium Citrate – Anti-spasmodic and pain relief, buffers stomach acids, nerve nutrient
  • Folic Acid– promotes the natural production of probiotics, improves stomach digestion, stimulates tissue repair, nerve nutrient
  • Potassium – improves protein and stomach digestion, eliminates acids and wastes, regulates gastric PH levels (acids)
  • Five-Herb Digest–Decreases acids and gastric irritability, improves digestion, relaxes intestinal walls, ulcers
  • Pro-Dygest – Intestinal cleanser and detoxifier, heals intestinal walls, ulcers,Digestion
  • Calm & Cool – nervous tension, stress, muscle tension, intestinal relaxant

Special Notes:

  • Reduce stress levels of all kinds
  • Ensure regular exercise
  • Provide large living quarters and fields
  • Wean youngsters late and gradually
  • Avoid the over-use of antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, steroids and chemical de-wormers (unless they are parasitic) – all of these medications alter the colonic eco-system.

Avoid the use of cribbing “devices” which do nothing more than prevent them from getting relief by sucking cool air and by producing pain-relieving endorphins