a cure for windsucking?
Q: My TB gelding started windsucking as a yearling when he had to
be permanently box rested for seven months due to a growth problem.
He is now turned out full time and only comes in to be ridden fed
windsucks in the stable and I have seen him doing it in the field.
I use an anti-windsucking collar in the stable but it only works
if its done up really tight and I'm not keen on this. A friend told
me this is now just a habit, which needs to be broken.
true or is he still suffering from depression? I want to help him
psychologically and stop his windsucking.
the problem started when your youngster became stressed or bored,
there is a chance your horse may carry on windsucking because it
makes him feel good.
This is because
some people think that the process of windsucking gives some
pleasure to horses due to the release of endogenous endorphins
(natural 'happy' chemicals released into the blood when the air is
sucked into the stomach). There are no known medicines in
conventional veterinary circles that will help a great deal but
minerals and herbs to help lower acids in the stomach can sometimes
resolve the situation.
have tried antidepressants but I would not recommend this and would
prefer to use herbal food supplements. Horses at grass have more
distractions and are much less likely to windsuck, but this is obviously
not the case with your horse.
I would suggest
the use of a long term calming agent to make him feel better, more
relaxed and less in need of anything else to make him happy. Using
an 'antacid' formula might also do the trick.
agents contain valerian but I do not think this is suitable for
long-term use. I prefer tropical antioxidant formulas.
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