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Wind sucking is the aspiration of air, done by the horse arching its neck and sucking in air. Some horses do this while holding onto something with their teeth; others do it unaided. It results in a grunting type of noise. The horse learns to gulp down air simply by creating a vacuum in the mouth.How can I control Wind Sucking?
Traditionally wind sucking has been described as a cause of recurrent colic or failure ‘to do well’, but the vast majority of horses that wind suck suffer no adverse effects at all. If the habit is severe the muscles on the underside of the neck, which the horse contracts when it arches its neck to suck in air, may get bigger and this might be regarded as unsightly.
Don't try making surfaces unpleasant to taste as this is only likely to make the horse more frustrated. It is better to allow your horse to crib bite on a suitable surface, such as a hard rubber board, than to try to physically prevent the behaviour with straps or collars.
Make sure your horse has lots of roughage in his diet and plenty to chew on during the day.
I hope this helps!
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