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Cribbing or is it windsucking?

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 17, 2012 10:44

Question: A clients horse windsucks really bad, it will stop several times while it is feeding and eating hay to windsuck on anything it can get hold of. I've heard that past cases have been found to have ulcers and have been treated accordingly and although it doesn't always cure the "habit" it has had some success. Would trying it on cemetadine for a month be worthwhile? It wears a miracle collar but this has done nothing to deter it in the slightest. To say it windsucks constantly throughout the day its body condition is pretty good and so far it hasnt suffered any related health issues associated with the typical windsucker. Would appreciate your suggestions/advice. Thanks

Answer:  Thanks for your question Karen.  This vice really creates only occasional gas colic as opposed to ulcers. Cribbing (windsucking is something different)is a habit that releases endorphins in the brain so affected horses are really addicted. That is why it is considered a vice. If he is eating enough to maintain condition and the collar doesn't stop him then there isn't much to be done. You can run electric wire on all rails of his paddock, but if persistent he will crib on posts. The behaviour is a stress reliever so perhaps pasture is an option, if the cribbing is prevented he may show stress in other ways. » Dr. Lisa Wayman

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