Definition of wind-sucking in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwin(d)ˌsəkiNG/


(In a horse) habitual behavior involving repeated arching of the neck and sucking in and swallowing air, often accompanied by a grunting sound.
Example sentences
  • A sunken vagina also increases the likelihood of ‘wind-sucking’ (drawing of air into the vagina) and urine pooling, which further predispose the mare to infection.
  • This results in him arching his neck and following the same action as for wind-sucking with the same result.
  • It alleviates wind-sucking symptoms greatly and is brilliant for getting horses to look ‘right’, quickly.



Example sentences
  • Confirmed wind-suckers will identify an object in pasture on which to suck wind, and will practice the habit when tied with bridle or halter as the opportunity is presented.
  • I've had wind-suckers, and some of them have been really good horses.
  • The Vervain horse is also more likely to become a crib-biter, weaver or wind-sucker when kept in a confined space for lengthy periods, as developing these vices provides an outlet for his excess energy.

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Syllabification: wind-suck·ing

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