Scientifically proven to reduce cribbing
New American research work has proved that the Tongue Twister
can significantly reduce the cribbing activity of horses that were
confirmed as chronic cribbers. These horses spent on average 23% of
their time cribbing; that is about 5.5 hours in every 24! Attempts
were made to reduce cribbing activity by exercising the horses.
However, this had no effect after 10 minutes of cantering but after
20 minutes this led to more cribbing outwith the exercise
period-nearly 7.5 hours. Increasing the amount of exercise had a
negative effect. In contrast, licking the Tongue Twister
effectively reduced cribbing activity by 27%!
Cribbing damages the incisor teeth by causing excessive wear,
damages those wooden surfaces that the horse can crib on and it has
been proposed that it can also increase the risk of colic. Cribbing
activity indicates reduced welfare at some stage in the animal's
life that initiated the behaviour.
The reduction in cribbing activity has the following
- Improved welfare through increased foraging activity.
- Less damage to the horses' teeth and stable.
- Improved health.
It is important to note that the beneficial effect of the Tongue Twister
was measured in horses with a fixated abnormal behavior. Because
Twister encourages foraging activity in the stable it is quite
possible that the likelihood of any horse or pony developing
abnormal behaviours will be reduced. Thus, the welfare of any
stabled horse or pony should be improved through the provision of a