Boredom or bad habit?
My friend has a four year old oldenburg mare who is the sweetest thing- but she has a really nasty habit of EATING her shelter. Literally.
It is made out of wood and she ate through the whole side of it and the fencing. We had to board up and put 2x4's along her entire shelter so she wouldn't eat more. However, she just ate that wood and the fencing along the bottom of her pasture to her boyfriend. We tried the no chew stuff and she just ate more.
She is getting plenty to eat and has a balanced diet, gets out a LOT- gets ridden, goes to lessons, on trail rides and other fun stuff- and does different things everyday, she is in a VERY large paddock (1/4 acre) and has tons of toys. We are very worried what it's doing to her internally and cannot lock her in a stall. Last time we locked her in a stall she dug up the mats, kicked a dent in the wall, broke the feeder and got kicked out...
No ideas on what to do. Any ideas/help would be good :)
The well-known saying “chestnut mare, beware!” is not completely without foundation. Some go further and add “chestnut Thoroughbred mare, beware!”