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post #1 of 13 Old 07-22-2013, 05:56 AM Thread Starter
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My ex-racehorse has been a wind-sucker ever since I have had him. It has become a real problem. I was wondering if anyone had any solutions apart from the collars, like a liquid I can paint on the wood to stop him.
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-22-2013, 06:10 AM
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I don't think painting nasty stuff on the wood will work. He will most likely start doing it with out holding onto anything. (At the moment, he is actually crib biting) But he will start wind sucking, most likely.
The reason he started that in the first place was because he was bored or stressed. I realize that this was in his previous home, but maybe you could let him out in the field more, give him likits and treat balls in his stable, hang swedes from the rafters, and generally create a playground for him, to keep him entertained.
I have found the collars don't usually work.
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He is never stabled he has a paddock with a shelter in it but he still seems to bite the wood, especially when he is tied up.
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post #4 of 13 Old 07-22-2013, 06:15 AM
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Whats his diet like? When they bite wood it usually means they are lacking something in their diet.
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post #5 of 13 Old 07-22-2013, 06:22 AM Thread Starter
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yeah that could be it because i had a chat with the people who we got him off and they said he never did it but it could also be because he is lonely as he has no other horses around.
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That would be another reason.
Get him a mineral lick, just so he can get his nutrients from that, if he feels he is lacking.
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post #7 of 13 Old 07-22-2013, 07:57 AM
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Lacking minerals and being alone could defiantly be the cause! :)
Please get some companion for him, horses are highly social herd animals, they should never be alone, that could cause serious stress and from that; wind-sucking.
Collars and painting stuff on wood is symptom treating, the cause would still be there.
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post #8 of 13 Old 07-22-2013, 08:18 AM
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This is most common amongst highly stressed race horses. Researchers have been studying this for years and there seems to be a connection with ulcers. Altho it was once believed horses couldn't burp, research is now suggesting that the horse may be causing itself to bring up gas rather than sucking air in. Since the horse was on the track you need to talk to your vet about the possibility of ulcers and it may need to be scoped.

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post #9 of 13 Old 07-22-2013, 08:37 AM
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Our Paint has been a windsucker since we got him at age 3, he is now 18.

During the 1st 2 or 3 years, I bet every gimmick and preventative that was being sold was tried on him, nothing helped.

We have his teeth checked regularly and for some reason has not damaged them thank goodness.

He is very healthy and one of the best trail horses we have, while he can be bratty and takes an experienced rider, he is very dependable and will always get you home

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post #10 of 13 Old 07-22-2013, 08:49 AM
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I have the same experience with my cribber. Albeit he will keep even the beginners safe on his back. I hate he is on stall time now from a leg injury from trailer loading.

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