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post #1 of 20 Old 12-20-2008, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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horse eating its poo!!

Its real cold here so we were working on our horses' shelter to shield them from the high winds we are expecting and I watched my horse poop, turn around and I 'thought' he was nuzzling it for the heat but then he nibbled it and ate some!I about puked, then I saw him do it to another pile!Why would he do this????
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post #2 of 20 Old 12-20-2008, 07:51 PM
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Horses eat eachother's "poo" because they are searching for and finding undigested forage or grains. It is quite common and you should probably get used to seeing it, for your sake and others I would get a handle on that gag reflex.
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post #3 of 20 Old 12-20-2008, 08:43 PM
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ewwww. i know i see it all the time out here mostly with my foals eating their mothers i think its just a baby thing tho. ive never seen grown ones eat grown ones lol...

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post #4 of 20 Old 12-20-2008, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Whew I thought I had a problem there. Glad its just a weird horse behavior.
My gag reflex is fine, was just expressing my shock.LOL Although the horse didnt mind my objections hehe.
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post #5 of 20 Old 12-20-2008, 10:02 PM
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Foals normally eat their dams poo, however grown horses are not supposed to.

My gelding started doing this about 9 months ago. That was when we first noticed it. we researched it and my fiance found that he was lacking something in his digestive track. it said to cure it, to give them probios. We got them in a treat form.
We gave it to him for a while and he hasn't done it since.
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post #6 of 20 Old 12-20-2008, 10:20 PM
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I was always told that a horse eats manure because its lacking something in its diet, and is looking for something else. Maybe its ok if its a one time thing, but if you see your horse continually doing this, I would re-evaluate his diet and talk to your vet.

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post #7 of 20 Old 12-21-2008, 09:13 AM
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OUr 30 year old rescue gelding did this a lot when we first got him---likely it was the only way he was getting nutrition as he had no teeth to eat the hay from the round bales.

When we added free choice trace minerals he stopped eating poo. I like Red Cal from the Natural Horse Vet the best but we also use the Buckeye brand.

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Thanks ladies and others, I will definately keep an eye on this. And if he continues I will add to his diet.
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post #9 of 20 Old 12-21-2008, 07:06 PM
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It your horse is eating manure you more than likely need to feed more hay. With COLD winter high winds my hay feeding can triple. Even if they aren't cold and thus hungry they can do it out of pure boredom. Give him a jolly ball and a lik-it. Hang up empty milk jugs for amusement. You could also try a white salt block, a brown salt block and a red salt block to give him anything he may be thinking hes lacking "if" thats the case but more likely than not, it isn't.
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post #10 of 20 Old 12-21-2008, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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They have hay all day and have balls, the snow has their mineral block buried at the moment. I will keep an eye out for manure munching though, thanks.
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