Kerosene and paint to prevent chewing on boards?

We are recently building stalls in an arena we built, and want to protect the knotty pine tongue and groove wood the stalls are lined with. A fellow horse person suggested that if we mix kerosene with any stain we use, that will keep the horses from chewing on it. Is that safe for them?We are recently building stalls in an arena we built, and want to protect the knotty pine tongue and groove wood the stalls are lined with. A fellow horse person suggested that if we mix kerosene with any stain we use, that will keep the horses from chewing on it. Is that safe for them?

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lowder:

We are recently building stalls in an arena we built, and want to protect the knotty pine tongue and groove wood the stalls are lined with. A fellow horse person suggested that if we mix kerosene with any stain we use, that will keep the horses from chewing on it. Is that safe for them? If not, any other suggestions?

Thank You. Sharon

Sharon,

I really can’t say as I don’t know but I think it would depend upon the amount of kerosene that you mixed with the stain. I do know that kerosene is toxic and has the potential to cause problems. Let ask our fellow readers and see what they have done. If anyone has any input please email me at mlowder1442@earthlink.net.

Thanks, Dr. Lowder