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Old 01-30-2009, 09:31 AM  
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How do you get them to stop eating Wood Fencing?

Anybody have any clues. So far have tried No Chew from Blue Seal. Not sure what to do next! Used to have electric tape on top, so didn't really go near it. Key word here is used to! Because of all the ice we have had this winter-we lost all kinds of trees and branches which literally took down the fence-which come spring time needs major repairs! The tape then became the big play toy! Took it completely down, now the chewing has started. Jolly balls just aren't any fun, when you can chew on the beautiful wood fence that got put up just to eat! Any help would be appreciated! Thought about making a potion of cheyenne (sp) and water and spraying it on-don't know how that would work though!
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Chris, you might get more suggestions if you posted this in the General Advice section rather than the regional area. If you would like it moved, let me know and I'll move it for you.
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:16 AM  
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Classy does the same thing, only in her stall. She has chewed a huge chunk out of her stall and she reaches out and has chewed a huge chunk out of our hay chute. I have used Rap Last.. it is basically ceyenne pepper and water so it may work and would be cheaper to make the mixture you suggested. I would try it!
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We put rain maker (the hoof moisturizer pastey stuff) on the stall door back in florida for our avid cribber... did the trick after nothing else did...
however, it will darken/stain your wood, so i would try it on a not very noticeable area at first...
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I know a lot of people that have coated the top of their wooden fencing with motor oil. Seems to work. Not sure what effect, if any, that would have on a horse if it took a big bite out of a oil covered fence.
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:52 AM  
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OMG-someone told me about the motor oil-I really assumed they were pulling my leg!
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The rainmaker -can it be painted on, or how do you apply it?
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OMG-someone told me about the motor oil-I really assumed they were pulling my leg!
It's a pretty cheap method, save the oil after you do an oil change in your vehicle. Coat the fence with it and see if it works, only trouble is it makes the wood a little dark, but if it keeps them from gobbling down your fencing, it's worth it. I don't know how often you have to coat the fence though, just as long as the oil does it's job.
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Is the horse cribbing or chewing...I would stay away from motor oil and a horse. I have a cribber and have great success with a cribbing collar.
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At the barn where I sent Charlie for training they also used motor oil, I think they re-applied it once a month or so and it seemed to do the trick. They also put a small width of aluminium all along some of the wood fencing in the back fields which helped alot (probably so they didn't have to go all the way to the back and put the oil along the fence ).

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Anybody have any clues. So far have tried No Chew from Blue Seal. Not sure what to do next! Used to have electric tape on top, so didn't really go near it. Key word here is used to! Because of all the ice we have had this winter-we lost all kinds of trees and branches which literally took down the fence-which come spring time needs major repairs! The tape then became the big play toy! Took it completely down, now the chewing has started. Jolly balls just aren't any fun, when you can chew on the beautiful wood fence that got put up just to eat! Any help would be appreciated! Thought about making a potion of cheyenne (sp) and water and spraying it on-don't know how that would work though!
Cheapest and most effective fix:
Ivory soap.
One of my Arabs who was stalled before I got her is a major chewer. Rubbed Ivory soap (bar type) over the wood, and she won't touch it. Tastes VERY nasty...
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How long does the Ivory last? I have some old Irish Spring lurking around-I may give that a try!
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...Used Motor oil...DOES work...haven't ever heard of anyone having any problems with using it. You DO have to re-apply the oil every so often, as sometimes it will fade a bit. If you have a herd...you will DEFINATELY be able to tell WHO is chewing...lol they will have a black mouth for a bit, but it does wear off. The used oil method DOES work

OR, put a metal strip on the top of the board that goes down the side about an inch.... this method does work as well, unless you have a horse that is just bored and would like to try and pull the metal off the wood. lol

IF that doesn't work.... hotline...does have a good effect...IF you don't have it shorting out somewhere. Also IF you purchase insulators that keep your horse off the INSIDE of the fence...about 6 inches...or even make some about 1 foot, the horses will stay OFF the fence completely.


I know all these methods have worked, seen them being used...just its personal preference on what you are comfortable using for your horse.

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Old 01-31-2009, 11:03 AM  
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Cheapest and most effective fix:
Ivory soap.
One of my Arabs who was stalled before I got her is a major chewer. Rubbed Ivory soap (bar type) over the wood, and she won't touch it. Tastes VERY nasty...
Sounds effective! And yes, after having my mouth washed out with soap as a kid for swearing, I can attest to it's awful taste!

I wonder if that would help with cribbing too?
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We use used motor oil. Tbest stuff I have found. I have never had any negitive affects from it.
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Old 01-31-2009, 07:55 PM  
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it has serious negative effects for the environment.. when the wood gets wet, the water running off it takes the oil with it which takes the oil into the ground, and eventually into the water shed. Please dont put used motor oil on your fences, it is as good as pouring it out on the ground.
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Horses frequently enjoy freshly cut poplar. The bark also contains very small amounts of salicylate (aspirin) which is beneficail. They'll chew the bark off like beavers and if they're chewing the bark, hopefully they'll leave the fences alone.
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