Updates on the cribbing mare:
I kept her as busy as I could all winter long with walks on leash on the worst weather and every time she needed to "smoke" or "have a cigarette" (cribbing) after and between her grain, I was standing by her 'ashtray' as I call it...and was petting her instead...she was pulling ears back a lot, but understood that as I long as I was around, she could not do it, then I would push her towards the fresh hay stack and then she would forget about smoking...I condemned all her favorite Cribbing spots as much as I could, so she had to make new ones. Some days, she wouldn't even bother making a new ashtray...and go back to her grain.
That is some of the tricks I used.
She still does it here and there and I trully believe her behaviour in general is much more mellow, she is trusting me way more now. She is more 'jealous' than she used to be (in a good way) and comes towards us more to get pet. I think she is on the right track. She appreciate our company around way more than before. Her anxiety level seems like it is getting way better. I don't believe in those collars anymore (at least not for her), nothing worked. This makes them more nervous, anxious and unhappy than anything and create a vicious circle. I believe that dealing with their anxiety level is the best way. Spending lots of time with them is the key. With all this new grass around now and the different pastures she is moving into (5 different paddocks through the week), it makes it a new interesting life and lots to discover still.
If you have horse who smokes, no big deal I think...just gotta replace the cigarette with some love, patience & interest.