How Do I Stop My Horse from Chewing on the Fence?

Stopping your horse from chewing, aka “cribbing”, is not easy if you have board fencing.

For polymer/vinyl fencing like RAMM Flex Fence, most horses will not like to chew on it. This is because it’s not a palatable material; it will not taste good to them.

If horses are abusing your fence rail, we recommend adding an electric fence or cribbing strap. Electric horse fence is one of the most effective horse fencing methods for one simple reason: it offers ​a similar response large animals are accustomed to in the natural herd environment. 

Horses respect the bite, kick, and nip from a more dominant horse. The electric fence provides ​just that and it teaches ​them to respect the barrier. ​The shock from these fencing systems is short-lived and doesn't physically harm ​horses. 

No matter what fencing option you consider, it's important to remember that horses are wild animals and their behavior can be unpredictable. Although electric horse fencing is a safer alternative to fencing options of the past (high-tensile wire, barbed wire, board fencing), there is no totally safe fence. Accidents can happen with any fencing product, and that's why following installation instructions and manufacturer's suggestions are so important. Do everything you can to set up your fencing correctly, and you will greatly reduce the risk of injury to your horses.

Need assistance with your fence project?

We welcome you to talk to one of our friendly horse fence experts; they can help you determine which electric fencing is right for you and your horses. Feel free to give us a call today at 800-434-8456!