Selenium and Cribbing: Is There a Relationship?

Researchers found that the cribbers in their study were deficient in selenium.
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Selenium and Cribbing: Is There a Relationship?
Researchers have learned that crib-biting (or cribbing) in horses might be related to a lack of trace element selenium in their diets. | Photo: Photos.com

Researchers have learned that crib-biting (or cribbing) in horses might be related to a lack of trace element selenium in their diets.

The research team, led by Arash Omidi, DVM, PhD, of Shiraz University, in Iran, and including Matthew Parker, BSc, MSc, PhD, of the University of Portsmouth, in the U.K., say their findings suggest crib-biting shares similar characteristics with some human neurologic or psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and autism.

The study is the first to test the role of trace elements in crib-biting, a repetitive and compulsive behavior some horses develop where they bite an object and grunt

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