CHEWING - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 04-11-2007, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: maryland
Posts: 119
• Horses: 0

my horse has recently started eating the bark off of trees. first of all i,m afraid of something poisoning him and also of killing all the trees.he had ine main tree he was chewing on and i put hot sauce on it so he just started chewing on others.any advice PLEASE!!
Tammy is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 04-11-2007, 05:45 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 177
• Horses: 0
First I'd paint Chew Stop on all the trees. Then I'd evaluate his feed and see if he could be missing something in his diet. My guess is that he's either bored or missing something nutritionally. You can call any vet and ask them for advice and they should give it to you free of charge. If he is just bored try putting some toys in the pasture.
savepitbulls is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 05-11-2007, 06:59 AM
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 6
• Horses: 0
Bark chewing

Hi Tammy first of all i would not worry to much, horses chew bark even feral horses there are many good resons why heres afew,
1/ young horse do it to loosen milk teeth and strengthen gums.
2/ bark is a natural fiber which horses need .
3/ In spring the new grass is plenty full but has less fiber than is needed if just on grass.
4/Horses have a phyicologicol need to chew and fiber is very important to them and their gut
If you put old apple tree logs in the feild and maybe some in his box
he can chew safely on those and you need not worry.
welshcoblady is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 06-05-2007, 07:12 AM
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Victoria
Posts: 123
• Horses: 0
my mare use to do it all the time mainly because she was bored also another thing is that your horse may need its teeth done..or your horse is lacking in a substance that it may need and is finding it in the tree.
if you are really worried about it contact a vet but there is really nothing to worrie about
stefie is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome