Fact, thought and quote for the day 29/5/12
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Fact, thought and quote for the day 29/5/12

Thought 4the day: Life can be challenging for all not just our four legged friends yet we should take a leaf out of their book as do you hear them moaning when things go wrong or as my daughter would say spit their dummy out of the pram. No they might get confused if its mixed signals but they carry on and most try to please and try to get what ever it is right. Where as i find some humans can be spitful and just out to either cause trouble or as others would say try to stir a situation. If you think about it is there any need? Horses come first and always will in my life. They are my life as are my daughters. I have seen so many come in in such a poor state and they don't flip their hooves to the world they lean on you for comfort, guidance and support and at the end of that time when they are truely who they should be they spread their wings and go on to the next stage and thats a loving home. This is my lifes ambition and my lifes work. Humans can be cruel horses are genuine..
Quote 4the day: Don't jump on the band wagon..play your own tune as if you listen your horse does..
Fact 4the day: Windsucking and Crib Biting in Horses
Crib biting, or cribbing, while not a sickness, is a type of behavior that can be very destructive. Just as humans and other animals exhibit obsessive behavior that is non-lethal but still destructive, horses too will exhibit repetitive and habitual behaviors that are difficult to control.
Crib biting is recognizable by the way in which a horse will grab at something with its front teeth and pull at it, repetitively, with seemingly no other purpose except to fulfill an urge to do so. It is not usually related to nutritional disorders or underlying illnesses, but has been frequently linked to boredom and mimicry. Again, keeping in mind that this behavior is more of an annoyance than an actual health issue, cribbing, if left unchecked, can lead to some superficial health issues.
Crib biting is also called wind sucking, and for a reason. As the horse is cribbing, the incidental arching of the neck causes them to swallow in air as well, moving the excess air down the esophagus and into the stomach. The sucking in of air can become a secondary habit, with the horse arching its neck and taking in unnecessary air habitually.
Experienced horse owners find that they recognize when their horse is wind sucking as the horse tends to let out a loud grunt as it is doing so.

Symptoms and Types
Crib biting
•Gnaw marks on wood pieces, parts of the stable, crib, etc.
•Physical evidence of crib biting such as wood pieces on ground around horse's living space, wood pieces in stool, etc.
•Cribbing can take place in the stable and in the pasture
•Front teeth are worn more than normally found in a horse of its age

Wind sucking
•Arching neck while chewing on object
•Sore stomach
•Excess gas/flatulence
•Tendency to graze more often

•Stable Fever ◦Horse is spending too much time in the stable without enough outside time
◦Empty Stomach, need to chew on something
◦Not enough hay in the diet
◦Horses are inclined to eat and rest; cribbing may be a substitute for grazing when stabled

Cribbing and wind sucking are fairly common when it comes to the types of vices horses are prone to. However, it is important to note that there are issues that go along with cribbing that can make it a problem. Outside of the obvious property damage, it may cause long term problems with the horse's dental and digestive health.
The behavior is singular enough that it can be diagnosed by an experienced horse person. It would still benefit the horse to be seen by an equine veterinarian, who will definitively diagnose this as a behavioral disorder. Your veterinarian will perform a thorough physical exam on your horse, taking into account the background history of symptoms. Your doctor will also want to take a closer look at your horse's mouth to check for changes to the teeth, and will palpate the abdomen for signs of colic. If there are minimal symptoms, your veterinarian will advise you on ways to discourage the behavior so that it does not lead to anything that will need medical intervention.

In most cases, the steps that are taken toward discouraging this behavior can be followed through without close veterinarian observation. A distasteful substance (veterinarian approved) can be applied to the object your horse is biting on, and activities can be added to your horse's daily routine to minimize boredom.
If the behavior is severe and is causing severe digestive problems because of the excessive intake of air into the stomach, surgery may be used to remove some of the muscles and nerves that enable the horse to arch its neck and suck in excessive air. Or a less invasive method, in which a throat strap is applied, can be used a gentler approach to achieving the same result. If the teeth are being worn down to the point that is has become a concern – as worn teeth could directly affect your horse's ability to chew properly – your veterinarian may recommend a solution that will prevent your horse from chewing on the inappropriate objects.
This is a learned, obsessive-compulsive behavioral disorder, and can be difficult, if not impossible, to break permanently. Even if you are able to discourage your horse from this behavior for a short period of time, the horse will more than likely return to the behavior once the preventative technique is removed.

Living and Management
Keeping your horse stabled too long is often what leads to this type of vice in the first place. Whether it be boredom, lack of nutrition, or anything else, there is often no way to get around cribbing once your horse has gotten into the habit of it. The best you can do is to give your horse enough activity to relieve it from boredom and use healthy, preventative techniques.
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