A cure for cribbing is available for horse owners who are prepared to spend some time educating themselves and working with their horses to clear the problem. Cribbing is a problem. Horses that crib affect their health, damage property, and generally drive everyone crazy. People don’t like to see a horse cribbing.
I was horrified, mortified, and terrified for all cribbing horses to read comments on solutions for cribbing recommending the practice of drilling a hole in a horse’s mouth and inserting a ring to cause the horse pain when they crib. This is guaranteed to stop your horse from cribbing. Oh… My… God!!! Anyone saying or even thinking that this practice causes no other adverse problems to the horse is bordering on insanity. At the very least it is a perfect example of unthinking, uneducated, and misguided advice.
Come on horse owners. Think about this practice. Cribbing is a stress disorder. Stress disorders, whether in horses or humans, are not cured by preventing the practice of the disorder through fear and pain. Would you do this to your family members, your children, or your best friend??? For most of us – Our horses are our best friends. Subjecting them to a painful, barbaric, and in my opinion cruel and archaic practice is not how you treat your best friend.
WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WHO TOLD YOU TO DO THAT? AND WHY ARE YOU LISTENING TO THEM?
Preventing a horse from cribbing does not cure it. Cribbing straps and surgery do not stop it. Electric fences and bitter tasting stop-crib products protect fences and property from damage but do not stop the horse from cribbing in other places. Is cribbing a problem? Yes, it is.
The cure for cribbing starts with you as the caretaker of your horse. Here are the first steps to work with a horse who cribs to help them clear the core stresses that contributed to the disorder in the first place, reduce their current stressful situations, and condition them to handle stress better.
Step 1 – Educate Yourself. Do your own due diligence. Listen to your heart that tells you that inflicting pain and causing fear is not the path to health and well-being. Check out the research emerging in the field of clearing cell memory and releasing trapped emotions.
Step 2 – Look in the Mirror. Your relationship with your horse is a reflection of yourself. Is how you are treating and relating with your horse the way you treat and relate to yourself. How do you want to be treated? What habits do you have that you can’t control? Would drilling a hole in a person’s mouth and inserting a ring to cause them pain prevent them from over-eating? That is unthinkable.
Step 3 – Work with your horse. Spend the time with them. Really look at the relationship you have with your horse and the world around you.
Look for solutions that further well-being on all levels for your horse and for you. If you know of anyone considering this barbaric and inhumane practice, speak up and do your best to stop them. There is a cure for cribbing. It lies in the area of reducing and releasing stress and furthering the well-being of the horse and ourselves. The cure for cribbing lies in releasing the stress that causes the disorder.