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    12-22-2008, 01:51 PM
  #11
Foal
I almost bought a mare that did that. They were normally able to keep her from doing it by keeping a mineral block out in the pasture and in her stall.
     
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    12-26-2008, 08:02 PM
  #12
Foal
Make sure to test them for worms and increase your worming schedule with this icky behavior too, as a HUGE source of worm infestations in horses comes from ingested manure.
     
    12-28-2008, 09:34 PM
  #13
Foal
Try making a restricted free choice feeder. It eliminates boredom, slows down their eating, allows them to have forage all day without having to feed 4x plus a day. See feeders at Home of Easy Feeding for some ideas and more information on how a restricted free choice feed program helps your horses.
     
    12-28-2008, 09:38 PM
  #14
Foal
Will do thanks!
     
    12-30-2008, 12:47 PM
  #15
Started
My friends gelding did this and she just gave him a all around vitamin and that helped ... good luck!
     
    12-30-2008, 01:24 PM
  #16
Yearling
The other day I had two of our ponies in the roundpen together, they are best buds, one pooped, the other ate it. The one who ate it is old and has poor teeth, he does get plenty of hat, mineral block and senior feed, etc. I think it was just a one time thing though. The lady that was with me is a vet and said it should signal a diet isssue, but who knows, he is a weird old horse.
Haven't seen him do it again
     
    12-30-2008, 01:24 PM
  #17
Cat
Green Broke
There are a lot of digestive "bugs" in horse poo. That is why a foal will eat mom's - to help their digestive tract.

It doesnt' matter how much hay or mineral I give my horses they still eat each others poo until I start giving them probiotics. That has been the only way I have been able to cut back the poo eating, but they still do it on occassion.
     
    12-30-2008, 05:04 PM
  #18
Foal
Well Im off to the feed store today and will get their wormer(they are due anyways)and look into the probio, and mineral block.
And a nice hay manger that will keep the hay dry and off the ground would be sweet, for their all day grazing hay.Been bugging hubby about that anyways.
*note* I havent seen him do it again but that doesnt mean he hasn't, lol.
     
    12-31-2008, 12:53 AM
  #19
Weanling
Typically manure eating is a way of ingesting fiber. I added beet pulp to the diet of a horse that was doing this at my barn and it solved it. They do it because they are not receiving enough fiber in their diet.
     
    12-31-2008, 12:39 PM
  #20
Foal
Foals eat their moms poo to get the digestive bacterica, if your horse has recently been on a course of antibiotics it may have killed his therefore they eat the poo to restore the bacteria
     

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