Wind Sucking - McDowell's Herbal Treatments


Wind sucking is the aspiration of air; the horse arches its neck and gulps in air. Some horses do this while holding onto a stable object with their teeth; others do it unaided. It results in a grunting type of noise. The horse learns to suck air simply by creating a vacuum in the mouth. The vast majority of horses that wind suck suffer no adverse effects at all. If the habit is severe the muscles on the underside of the neck may get bigger and this might be regarded as unsightly.

Things you can do to help your horse include using a Windsucking Collar which can be purchased from your local horse products supplier. Put stop crib on timber surfaces to discourage chewing. If possible put  this horse with others for company, keeping in mind that it is a habit that can be passed on to other young impressionable horses, so the company of older horses is a better option. If the horse is by itself give it a large ball to kick around to keep it occupied.

Running an electric or hot wire around the top of the posts will discourage without poisoning the horse. In the meantime, start the horse on rosehip and chamomile tea; these will calm and condition the sensitive gut. Use the teas to dampen feed twice daily.

If you are not getting positive results with the chamomile tea you may need to treat with my nervous rehabilitation mix.  It may also be worthwhile to add Slippery elm powder to his diet just to rule out ulcers or similar gut distress. You can source this locally and just dose 1/3 of a cup mixed with the cold chamomile tea to slurry and add to feed once daily.

Rescue remedy squirted onto the feed or directly into the mouth will also assist in making positive changes to behaviour.

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