Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz
Horses do not eat wood out of boredom. When they show a behavior like this they are trying to replace something they are not getting. We have video taped her in her stall while we are gone. She gets half a bale, twenty five pounds, of hay every night. She has some left the next day. Even on the first night she didn't act stressed in her stall. She had plenty of hay and there are two different toys in that stall. Once we left the salt block in there with her she licked in twice , the first night it was in there, for two fifteen minute intervals and then she never messed with the chewing.
Sorry this is an old wives tale. Horses do chew wood out of boredom, not because they magically know they are lacking minerals etc in their diet.
She may not seem "stressed" to you but a horse that has gone from pasture 24/7 to being stalled, even for a few hrs will show signs of boredom as she is not used being confined to a smaller space, so she is showing this by chewing on the wood. If you had her on the xact same diet and housed outside she wouldn't seek out trees or fences to chew on, she would graze and move about her paddock.
She will eventually get used to being housed in a stall and the wood chewing should stop, but it sometimes jst becomes a really bad habit, and horses will continue to do it. Its then that hay 24/7 or a mineral lick comes in handy as they can focus on that opposed to destroying the funiture :) Posted via Mobile Device