Shh, Lucy is a *C Word*.
Oh, you thought I meant something different. No, no, and to be honest, "cribber" is as much of a bad word as that one is anyway.
Her stall has taken the brunt of the abuse, since she gets turned out in a paddock with plastic flex fencing.
Lucy says, "Wood is a lot easier for me to chow down on than plastic fencing...DUH. Stupid humans."
Needless to say, my barn owner is not very impressed with her new habit. I knew I had to find a solution before she did too much damage, so I started doing research and asking around.
Someone said to me that they had used Irish Spring soap in the past and rubbed it on the wood where she has been chewing, then she will stop chewing it because horses apparently hate the taste of this particular soap. It was reiterated to me that it can't be Dove. It can't be CVS store brand. It must be Irish Spring.
So off to WalMart I went, and I purchased the Magical Anti-Cribbing Irish Spring Soap. I applied it as directed:
By the time I was finished applying it to all of the areas she has chewed on (and the few areas that haven't been chewed yet), I had used half a bar:
I brought Lucy in from her paddock and put her in her stall. She immediately noticed the half bar of soap sitting on top of her blankets on her door and of course was curious. She had a little taste and mulled it over for a minute, trying to decide if it was edible or not. I sat with a wild smile across my face waiting for her look of disgust, camera on and ready to capture her reaction:
"Mmm, that's a tasty treat!" she said to herself. She went back for more. My smile turned to a look of horror as my horse ATE the soap:
After a few bites and no sign of stopping, I just could not stand it anymore. I took the soap away. She was sad:
I am not kidding you when I say she took bites out of it: