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    01-09-2011, 10:10 AM
Eating Straw?

In the past couple weeks, my mare has begun eating the straw in her stall. As in-all of it. You'll go out in the morning and there will be not a speck of straw left in her stall. I've started giving her more hay at night to hopefully get her full enough so she won't eat it, but this horse will eat anything you put in front of her. There's also a big round straw bale right outside her stall that she's constantly munching off of unless she has something better (I put a sheet of plywood up so most of it's blocked, but she can still get at it).

So far there have been no health impacts, and she's a pretty robust little horse who is generally pretty healthy, but I'm wondering if there's anything I should be concerned about with her eating that much straw. None of the other horses eat it. She's never colicked (sp?) before, and I'd hate for this to be the thing that causes her to.
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    01-09-2011, 11:21 AM
Straw is a good source of roughage. Lots of horses eat straw without any problems. However, if this horse is not used to eating straw, especially that much, you might have to change your choice of bedding.
    01-18-2011, 01:54 PM
Crickett said it, the only thing I would worry about is the sudden change in the food intake may be something to look into. I would change the bedding as a precaution :)
    01-18-2011, 02:00 PM
Green Broke
Hmm, could be a change in minerals in the hay you're feeding or her feed. You might want to provide a salt block or mineral block in her stall. She could be eating out of boredom. If so, I'd see about leaving her out all the time with some friends, or getting her a stall toy or two. I don't like to stall horses unless needed, for injury, illness, or before a show. I bring my horses in to eat, but put them right back out. It's healthier for their minds and bodies.
    01-18-2011, 07:27 PM
If it's oat straw horses will gobble it down. They won't touch wheat straw unless starving.

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