Originally Posted by Maverick101
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.
Wrong. When a horse has a deficiency in something they will seek out other sources of what they need. It is not "magic" it is nature. Take Coprophagia (eating horse poop) in older horses. This usually occurs in horses who need more fiber in their diet. Sure it could be because they are bored, but typically the horse is deficient in something. Iv had horses who chew wood, a simple salt block fixed it. It could be a number of things the horse is deficient in, but it also could be because its bored. It it was me it would feed more hay, usually fixes the problem. Keeps the horse busy and also offers more fiber.
How do you think horses in the wild survive? They know what to look for and when to look for it.