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post #1 of 12 Old 01-02-2010, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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bark eating

Only when it snows my two horses eat a tree that i have thats fallen. Neither crib or have any mineral/vitamin deficencys. why would they do this only when it snows? does the snow make it taste good ? haha . they sure are good at un burrying the grass too =p
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-02-2010, 09:28 AM
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I think they just like to chew on something different sometimes. Our mares do it too, and they are not cribbers either.

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yeah but it struck me as odd bc it is only when its snowing they do it lol. that trees been there for months and just this past first snow storm they started it. lol. i let them out to do their stalls and theyll prance around, roll then eat the tree lol
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-02-2010, 05:51 PM
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I have read that usually when horses start chewing bark it means they have a copper deficiency.
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my horses are both on the best diets and as i stated they never did this untill the snow fell.. and only when the snow is falling lol
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My old horse always ate bark when he was bored. I think they just like too. (he wasnt deprived of any minerals or anything) they do that in the wild too

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its so wierd bc its ONLY when its snowing haha.
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Maybe the snow is covering the grass, and instead of digging through the snow to the grass, they are eating the bark?

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they dig to eat the grass haha. they are too funny . they go under the trees where the least amount of snow is. But today they just ate the tree thats on the ground, and dug a bit around it.
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^ya probably your right haha i never thought of that one. but ya, in the wild thats what they do :P

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