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post #1 of 5 Old 01-06-2008, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Wind Sucking Problems

I have a tb yearling and when we finally seperated her and the colt she grew up with (their best friends) she started wind sucking...

We put up electric rope around the top of the whole paddock, this works while she's in this paddock but if we need to move the horses around and she gets put in a paddock without the string she starts straight away!!
Im worried it will eventually cause problems when she starts racing - with her wind pipe... and also cos when she goes to the racing stables the top door on the stable will have to be closed to stop her wind sucking and she LOVES attention so I think this will change her attitude and personality for the worse...

Please any ideas? She's my lil baby!!

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-07-2008, 12:54 AM
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Try keeping her in the stringed off paddock at all times (if possible) for a while to see if she forgets the habit. She is young enough it should not yet be a well ingrained habit yet.

Also maybe try to give her a new companion to play with?
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-07-2008, 10:05 AM
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Wind sucking can be a sign of digestive upset. There have been studies done that show when a horse wind sucks he's actually trying to force himself to "burp." Now, we know horses can't burp, but they are actually pushing air OUT, not sucking it in. They're trying to relieve the upset their digestive system. What kind of food is she on? How much grass turnout does she get? What is her training shedule?
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thanx for your imput well she does it a hell of a lot!!! She gets 1 biscuit of hay in the morning and 1 at night with 1 and a half scops (1 scope is 1 litre) of cool comand and 1 scope of oats and then the rest of the bucket filled with chaff... she is in a paddock all day long... she has no training because she's still a bubie... she'll be 2 this year... theres a new foal next to them that their starting to play with... but yeah... ill keep an eye on her eating...

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-09-2008, 11:30 PM
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Wind sucking can be a sign of digestive upset. There have been studies done that show when a horse wind sucks he's actually trying to force himself to "burp." Now, we know horses can't burp, but they are actually pushing air OUT, not sucking it in. They're trying to relieve the upset their digestive system. What kind of food is she on? How much grass turnout does she get? What is her training shedule?
I thought that too...I am curious...on two or three occasions I heard my stallion make a burping sound out of his mouth and it smelled. It freaked my out because I thought horses could not burp! What could that have been?? It was really crazy!
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