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post #1 of 16 Old 04-16-2011, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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windsucking collars- mean or ok?

Ok, so the horse I'm starting to back is a windsucker. I she does it from being bored (and habit now) because she has just been turned away for all 4 years of her life, and being a tb has lots of energy and curiosity...

I tried leaving toys in her field but they remain untouched And if I put a likit or similar in the field, it dissapears in days, so I was thinking about getting her a windsucking collar. What do you guys think of them? I kind of think they seem slightly harsh seen as its not really the horses fault she's bored... but it causes problems for the horse... What are other people's experience with them?


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post #2 of 16 Old 04-16-2011, 06:41 PM
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I have a cribber and I use a collar. I don't like nutcracker style at all, but I have had great luck with Weaver's Miracle Collar. It works like a charm on my horse, no cribbing at all when he's wearing it. You can also punch more holes in the leather if it doesn't go tight enough, or it gets stretched a bit from lots of use.

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One of the horses at work has one. It doesn't bother Mama at all.

I like the cribbing muzzles. Some horses can learn to contort and render the collar ineffective.
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Is her cribbing causing any health problems for her or damage to your property? If not, what's the harm in letting her continue to windsuck?
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Is her cribbing causing any health problems for her or damage to your property? If not, what's the harm in letting her continue to windsuck?
my thoughts exactly.
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post #6 of 16 Old 04-18-2011, 08:23 PM
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I know one pony who s front teeth had worn down to the gums through grabbing stuff to wind suck on (looked awful and surely must have been tender for him too). There was an older horse too that was a bag of bones, in really poor condition..offer him food no he didnt want it because if he was eating he wasnt sucking so I guess it can have health implications too.
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post #7 of 16 Old 04-18-2011, 08:46 PM
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Once again-totally against the Miracle collars-especially when the horses try to contort, as was stated in another post. I had one who winducked in his stall. We used the miracle collar. He walked out of the stall one day, stretched wrong and siezed, injuring himself, and scaring the crap out of all of us. Thankfully noone was hurt. After many vets, etc, yes, it was caused by the collar, it is apparently a little known fact. It happens. So, since mine didn't do it outside-he became an outside horse. (Until I could get rid of him) Sorry-that is one vice I hate.

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post #8 of 16 Old 04-19-2011, 06:57 AM
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Here is a video of a windsucking mare I had at my farm for a very short time a few years ago:
Her teeth were worn down nearly to her gums and she learned how to avoid the nutcracker type collar. The sound drives me crazy and it is a serious health problem for the horse.

Once they learn how to do it, it becomes addictive and you never get them to stop. It is the equivalent to a junkie on drugs. It releases endorphins like a "runners high".

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Just throwing this out there- what about a muzzle? A grazing muzzle (Google Image Result for http://www.yourhorse.co.uk/upload/4042/images/Derby%20House%20Nylon%20grazing%20muzzle.JPG) or a bar muzzle (Google Image Result for http://portraitswithhorses.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/horsemuzzlemetal3.jpg) would work at deterring the horse, wouldn't it?
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post #10 of 16 Old 04-19-2011, 02:32 PM
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Just throwing this out there- what about a muzzle? A grazing muzzle (Google Image Result for http://www.yourhorse.co.uk/upload/4042/images/Derby%20House%20Nylon%20grazing%20muzzle.JPG) or a bar muzzle (Google Image Result for http://portraitswithhorses.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/horsemuzzlemetal3.jpg) would work at deterring the horse, wouldn't it?
Correct me if I'm wrong.
If you watch the horse in my video, a muzzle wouldn't help.

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