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post #11 of 21 Old 05-28-2009, 09:10 PM
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I thought that if other horses see a windsuker they will start doing it too?

and yes swallowing a lot of air effects the digestive tract - Even in humans.
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post #12 of 21 Old 05-29-2009, 01:07 AM
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I just wanted to add that my friend has a wind sucker. My friends horse will suck wind using her pasture mate. My friend had a consultation from a professional trainer...she said that if the horse wasn't being kept in the stall to much then it was pretty much something you cant do anything about. She said you can try and keep the horse busy all day and it might help...but not even a cribbing collar would help in the long run. If the wind sucking bothers you or you are worried about the horses health...I would pass on it.
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post #13 of 21 Old 06-13-2009, 07:16 PM
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Unhappy windsucking??

O.k!!! my daughter bought this horse at a sale he is 10 when I first heard him it just sounded like a big groan I was brushing him and he was relaxed and he did it! BUT today when I was brushing him and he was relaxed he made a gurgeling and then like a burp or groan sound right after, sort of like us having to burp and it works its way up and we can hear it and then we burp it out!
Could this be windsucking as well!?! or burping??? do horses even do that?
don't tell me I lucked out and am lucky enough to have got another lemon?
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post #14 of 21 Old 02-14-2017, 01:56 PM
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Windsucking

I have recently been to few a section a pony for my niece, the ride went really well, he was a sweet pony, however when he was eating his feed the owner pointed as you can see he windsucks. The pony only windsucked a couple of times, when we got to the stables the pony wasn't windsucking at all and stood at then I of the stable, should I've put of by this? We are planning to go back on Sunday
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Others have described windsucking/cribbing well. In terms of proper fencing, I knew a horse who was in a large paddock made completely of round piping (similar to a racetrack) with hotwire. Second photo attached is similar to the fencing, then drill on the plastic isolators used to hold hotwire away from the fence (the black object in the first photo) and boom! A crib-proof fence that they cannot latch onto, that is solid enough to deter any run-through or pushing (the horse I first saw restrained with this fencing was a fat old guy with cushings and like to try and reach through/over to access the grass, so just the round PVC was not enough).

PSA/rant: I would be careful with the hotwire. I know THREE different horses (one arab/morgan/saddlebred, and two thoroughbreds) with terrible anxiety and/or boredom issues who were given crib-proof fencing or had collars put on and they all resorted to sucking on the hotwire. One was moved into a large hotwire-free environment at a different barn and did fine. The other two were very aggressive and hot, and the BO refused to move them out of the hotwire enclosure for fear of property damage (fair enough...). The owner of the two horses was, simply put, a moron. They both got nasty bloody mouth sores, lost weight, wouldn't eat, and became a sorry sight. One was claimed by the local animal-police (like ASPCA type of people) after myself and two other boarders complained. Not sure what happened to the other, I left that barn pretty quickly. Horses need to mouth things (ideally forage, obviously) and will often do anything in their power to do so. Some crib, others suck on fencing or chew apart empty hay nets, some eat dirt/rocks, others chew out their own hair on their legs and sides. The only "real" fix: proper forage spread around enough space to reduce boredom. Other things (special fencing, cribbing collars, etc) are just band-aids, sadly.

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post #16 of 21 Old 02-14-2017, 02:38 PM
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I have a horse who used to windsuck and crib. He no longer does either of these things as he's been moved to a stable where he is out in pasture all day long. The pasture is all Electrobraid but at this point, he's not even interested in doing it on gates or posts. His boredom is gone and so is his vice.

The windsucking never effected his health and he would only do it in his old stall where he could lay his teeth on a gap in the boards. I wouldn't turn down a horse just based on this vice with everything else being equal.
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We went to see a Welsh section a pony at the the weekend, the ride went really well and the pony wasn't bothered by the fact there was a small person in the stable messing around with him. My niece rode it well and seemed to like it. While he was having his dinner the pony windsucked on the stable door and the person said as you can see he windsucks but it doesn't bother them, and he was a fat little pony. When we got to the stables the pony wasn't wind sucking he was stood at the back of his stable, should we give this pony a wide birth or not ? We are going to see him again at the weekend.

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Depends
Some horses that crib , do not do it to the point that they wear down their front teeth, lose weight, ignore good pasture, while rather standing and 'sucking' a fence post, and the habit is only a bit of an annoyance
Many that aren't too confirmed a cribber, will simply stop, when allowed to live like a horse, on turn out full time
However, cribbing is a steriotypi behavior, that starts usually when a horse has his coping ability exceeded,beyond his ability to adapt, by things like confinement, but once established, that habit then becomes a need onto itself, much like compulsive obsessive
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Sounds like this pony has not reached that point, and with proper management, might be fine, esp if his good points out weigh that vise
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I agree with what has been said. While some cribbers do have problems later in life because they wear their teeth down like Smilie said, most are okay.

A friend of mine owns both a draft mare and a QH gelding that crib/windsuck, and neither has any adverse health effects. Both are on 24/7 turnout too, so that may not necessarily solve it.

Don't judge someone's horse or skill because they don't compete or work with a trainer.

Sometimes they're the most in tune with each other.
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post #20 of 21 Old 02-15-2017, 03:05 PM
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My "World's Greatest Pony" is a windsucker. He doesn't put his teeth on anything; he just stands and grunts like the horse in the video. He only does it for a few minutes after eating. He doesn't have digestive problems and rides like a dream. He is worth his weight in gold.

I have read in Equus Magazine that stopping a cribbing/windsucking horse actually is not good for them. It just makes them more nervous. Better to let them crib/windsuck if, like my pony, it does not affect their health. Also, the article in Equus said that in several scientific studies, horses do not learn to crib/windsuck from other horses.
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