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    10-26-2008, 06:44 AM
I have definitely heard horses belch. I realise horses can't vomit but burping is actually a different mechanism. In humans, the act of vomiting is quite complex and involves a coordination of various internal muscles while I suspect burping is more of a passive process. Therefore, just because horses can't vomit (not sure exactly why, probably due to their anatomy.. somehow) I don't see why they couldn't burp.
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    10-26-2008, 10:31 AM
Pretty interesting and amusing answers so far
I wonder, if a bit of air gets stuck in the neck/throat area could it bubble up and out if it hasn't made it to the stomach yet?
    10-26-2008, 12:12 PM
LOL interesting! :P Ah, I swear I've heard Daytona burp...hehe, after she ate some grain ! It sounded kinda like a little groan though, I don't think they actually burp.
    10-26-2008, 12:48 PM
I found this:
It is generally accepted that horses don't belch because the cardiac sphincter (the valve between the stomach and esophagus) only allows one-way flow. Because of this, most horses will have gastric rupture when the stomach is distended because they cannot eructate (vomit or belch). That being said, most veterinarians would recognize that this is not always true. Some horses will "belch." Others with gastrointestinal problems preventing fluid from getting out of the stomach through the small intestine will spontaneously reflux. The jump to gastric ulcers is a bit of a leap for me. At this time it sounds like your horse has a pretty relaxed lifestyle, including pasture and not a large workload. I am wondering if your horse is cribbing or windsucking. Some horses will crib on physical structures, while others will simply clench their teeth and flex at the poll to do it. I don't think it will hurt to have a gastroscopy done, but maybe you can have your veterinarian observe the horse, also.
I think that if they can Fart they can burp,And I know a horse can fart I was at the wrong end on it when it happened !!
    10-26-2008, 02:25 PM
Originally Posted by Rollyourownman    
And I know a horse can fart I was at the wrong end on it when it happened !!

Lol, my horse use to fart all the time when I was picking her back hooves!

That's really interesting, a vet would know. Unless your here where I live and all the vets became a Dr. Online!
    10-26-2008, 02:28 PM
Green Broke

Solon lets some rip that would rival any college beer drinking guy.
    10-27-2008, 12:43 PM
Green Broke
Technically, a horse can't burp.

But Boo burps...he does. He cribs and cribs and cribs on his "pacifier" in his stall, then he'll extend his neck and BUUUUUURRRRRPPPPP.

He does that when I drive him, too
    10-27-2008, 01:40 PM
Shiloh doesn't crib or wind suck, she's only 2. I notice it when she has just eaten her pellets and comes up to get a drink. When she is done there is an escaping of air not a major BLARPPP kind of belch but more of a dainty girly "oh excuse me" burp.
    10-27-2008, 04:32 PM
Originally Posted by chasin the dream me I KNOW for a FACT! That horses can But im not too sure about the burping.i mean I always hear those tummies making noises.and they are really loud.but im not sure if they ever really come least outta the front curiouse too! I know some horses that make grouling sounds when they breathe sometimes..idk why?

Lmao...we call it crop dusting!(horsey farts) my eyes are teary im laughin so hard!!!!!

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