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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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I have a young stallion that had surgery. He is now on turnout but has picked up a tendency to crib while he is eating on his feed tub
I was reading in your forum about Quiessence
Is this something I could try?

Where are you from? Canada

Re: Cribber

Hi Sassylass,

Cribbing can be due to many factors, such as nutrient deficiencies, going without feed for hours at a time, stress, pain, premature weaning, lonliness, and even boredom.

If your horse has access to hay and/or pasture at all times, has a buddy to visit with, is not in pain, and is not stalled for hours, then it could be a nutrient deficiency. Quiessence is worthwhile because it provides magnesium and B vitamins. Both have an effect of keeping the nervous system healthy.

Thanks for writing and I hope he is healing nicely.

Happy New Year!

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO