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    10-06-2012, 01:00 PM
Horse is eating his poop

A couple months ago I rescued a OTTB with a fractured sesamoid, he has been on stall rest for about 3mths. He has started eating his poop, he is on good feed & hay, plenty of toys around him, but nothing I do is working...he cannot leave his stall for a couple more weeks. Does anyone have any suggestions or have dealt with this situation before???
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    10-06-2012, 01:01 PM
Horses usually start to eat poop because they are lacking something in the nutrition area. I would try a vitamin/mineral supplement.
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    10-06-2012, 01:02 PM
Thats what I read, I have been giving him a mineral supplement with his feed twice a day.
    10-06-2012, 01:04 PM
Then there is still something missing from his diet. Have you had your hay analyzed? Your hay could be lacking.
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    10-06-2012, 01:06 PM
It is Timothy & Alfalfa
    10-06-2012, 01:10 PM
Without having the hay analyzed and tested, you don't know what actual nutrition it's providing. I am willing to bet he is missing something. Try a different supplement or even better, offer him loose minerals.
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    10-06-2012, 01:23 PM
Okay thank you, could it also be that he is just bored??
    10-06-2012, 01:24 PM
It's possible but far less likely.
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    10-06-2012, 01:42 PM
Okay thank you
    10-06-2012, 05:28 PM
It's not uncommon behaviour in stabled horses. My friend's horse did it and was getting a balanced diet with vit/min supplements, I got her to increase the hay ration substantially and she stopped. She also stopped eating her bedding. It is probably caused by a combination of a lack of fibre and boredom, upping the amount of hay is generally a pretty good and inexpensive first solution to try.
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