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Crib-biting / wind-sucking / wood-chewing Owner Factsheet

Crib-biting, wind-sucking and wood-chewing are repetitive oral behaviours that are most commonly seen in stabled horses. Crib-biting and wind-sucking are similar behaviours and may reflect digestive discomfort, whereas wood-chewing may simply reflect re-directed feeding behaviour. Nonetheless, all may be treated and prevented most effectively by providing the horse with natural grazing and increased forage.

Image: Behavior: crib-biting and wind-sucking
©Dr Graham Munroe

What is crib-biting?

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What is wind-sucking?

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What is wood-chewing?

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What are stereotypies?

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What do we know about the development of these stereotypies?

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How can I prevent my horse from performing oral stereotypies?

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How can I prevent my horse from developing oral stereotypies?

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