The majority of woodchewers are horses that are stalled, have very little grazing opportunities or highly stressed.
Of course it is not :magic" lol...I understand peoples thinking in the concept of woodchewing being a lack of minerals. But w todays balanced feeds, and quality hay, this generally is not the case.....and to just assume that throwing a salt lick in front of a horse has solved the issue is wrong.
You hit the nail on the head when you said add more roughage. Concentrated feeds do not satisfy a horse's need for
fiber fill nor chewing time even though they satisfy his nutritional needs. It takes only about one-tenth the time to eat
a pelleted ration, for instance, as it does to eat hay, leaving the horse a lot more time to be bored and idle, looking for something else to do. It also leaves his gut relatively empty for more of
the day, which stimulates his craving to chew on something.
The OP stated this horse went from 24/7 turnout to being stalled...they also said the horse got 1/2 bale hay in its stall. To me that isnt alot, when you consider horses graze/forage 16 hrs out of the day....so that is why boredom is more then likely the culprit. Adding the salt lick is merely giving the horse additional things to focus his energy on.
Stall walking, pawing, weaving, cribbing, and yes wood chewing are all vices that we as humans have created due to our adaptation of their natural behavior.
Horses are like chips...you can never just have one
Last edited by Maverick101; 10-03-2011 at 05:08 PM.