All You Need To Know About Crib-Biting
The Difference between Crib-biting and Wind sucking
Crib-biting – The horse grasps on a hard surface, arches his neck, pulls back and sucks in air.
Wind sucking – Similar to crib-biting but the horse sucks in air without grasping onto a surface.
Crib-biting and wind sucking are also known as stable vices and can be very off putting to a potential new owner.
Over the last decade horses have been increasingly studied and we understand alot more now about the motivation behind these behavious.
These ‘habits’ are defined as repetitive behaviours brought on by frustration and stress.
What can I do to help my horse?
We just used to try and stop the horse from crib biting and wind sucking by fitting cribbing collars.
After lots of research rather than trying to stop the horse from wind sucking and crib-biting it is best to let them continue to do it.
By stopping the horse from wind sucking and crib-biting they get more stressed which causes more problems.
By trying to target the problem at its root you can help your horse to lose the desire to perform the stereotypy.
When are stereotypies more likely to develop?
- Horses who have little or no turnout
- When horses have high cereal diets
- Ponies and horses who don’t receive enough forage
- To much intensive exercise
- Foals that are weaned abruptly
There is a good post on Crib biting and wind sucking on the BHS website. Click here to view it.
The BHS and NAF will be visiting us on our party day to celebrate us wining DIY livery yard of the year.
This is a great opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have regarding the health of your horse.