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        10-03-2011, 10:58 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    Yes it is a mineral or salt deficiency or she would still be chewing the wood out of boredom if that was the case. I have honestly never been around any horse that just chews on wood because they are bored. I have never been around any OTTB so I have no idea what they are even like. Can't say I have ever even seen a thoroughbred come to think it. :-/
         
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        10-04-2011, 10:26 AM
      #22
    Green Broke
    Just feed more hay
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        10-04-2011, 12:16 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    She gets over thirty five pounds in her stall alone and she isn't eating all of that so it won't matter if I stock a whole bale in there she eats what she wants. Our horses have hay in front of them twenty for seven
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        10-04-2011, 12:16 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    I think we have a draw here....50/50 for boredom vs mineral deficient.

    Im going to say that the mare likely is mineral deficient because she has been out on pasture with no grain or supplements her entire life and sadly she is likely lacking some things.

    One way to be sure would be to have her tested, another is to simply take the OPs word that by adding the minerals to her diet she has stopped chewing. It is quite possible. Horses will seek out what they lack, as mother nature intended.

    As she has also already posted on more than one occasion to some deaf eyes and ears on here, the mare is getting a huge amount of hay every day so she is not lacking roughage. She may become a sherman tank tho LOL.

    Keep doing what you are doing OP. Whatever works and whatever keeps your lady happy.

    Chewing wood can be from boredom, maybe they are playing dentist, or because a horse has ulcers, or just because they feel like today is the day to take the bark off that tree. No need for anyone to worry about it too much. If you find a way to stop it that's just great. Generally speaking its not a problem in any case.
         
        10-04-2011, 12:22 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
    Real green hay might do your horse some good. Alot of horses that come off pasture refuse less-er quality. I know you said your horse has hay infront of it 24/7, but maybe trying a better quality hay might help.
         
        10-04-2011, 12:28 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz    
    She gets over thirty five pounds in her stall alone and she isn't eating all of that so it won't matter if I stock a whole bale in there she eats what she wants. Our horses have hay in front of them twenty for seven
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    Horses are natural grazers, they have an over-whelming need to munch on something 90% of the time. Horses that are out to pasture graze for 12-20 hours a day. Your horse is not used to being a "meal" eater. So you stating your horse doesnt clean up all its hay. Says to me that you need a better quality hay. Your horse is used to yummy grass that is packed full fiber such as cellulose and hemicellulose. Feeding a richer would help keep your horse busy, fix any lack of fiber, and keep your horse happier.
         
        10-04-2011, 12:48 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    She gets timothy and alfalfa hay most of the time its the alfalfa she leaves behind
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        10-04-2011, 12:50 PM
      #28
    Green Broke
    At this point if it was me I would check for Ulcers like mentioned before. But that is just me, I like to eliminate all the possibilities before I settle on "The horse is just bored".
         
        10-04-2011, 01:03 PM
      #29
    Yearling
    When we bought he we had a full exam done on her and other than her being slightly under weight the vet said she looked good. This little mare (rain) and my other mare have appointments this following Tuesday to actually go into the vets office for routine checks and vaccinations. So, that will be something I can rule out very soon. I wouldn't rule that out tho.
         
        10-04-2011, 01:31 PM
      #30
    Green Broke
    Good luck
         

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