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post #1 of 19 Old 11-03-2011, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Horse eating poop?!

I caught my 6 yo tb/dutch wb eating his own poop yesterday! I'm guessing he's lacking some nutrients in his diet, but what can I do to get him those nutrients back?

He's got a salt lick and he's on 1.5 lbs of sweet feed with less molasses than regular sweet 2x daily. Then he's got 9-10 lbs. Hay each feed.

Anyone have any knowledge in those departments? Lol!
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post #2 of 19 Old 11-03-2011, 12:58 AM
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He might also have just been bored. A lot of the horses at my barn do that because they're on dry lot and have nothing to graze on. I've never thought anything of it. It's how foals get the necessary worms into their digestive systems anyway.
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I always believed that it was because they were lacking something in their diet. My horse used to do it at his old barn, but stopped when I moved him and got him onto better feed.

More than that though, I don't know what it is they are missing in their diets.
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Haha it's weird, too, because he's on really good grass where he's at right now. Strange!
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post #5 of 19 Old 11-03-2011, 07:11 AM
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Its probiotics and fresh manure injested will actually not harm but balance out the bacteria needed in digestion for a healthy horse.
So long as your horses are all wormed regularily and have clean worm free poo it wont hurt a bit.
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He might also have just been bored. A lot of the horses at my barn do that because they're on dry lot and have nothing to graze on. I've never thought anything of it. It's how foals get the necessary worms into their digestive systems anyway.
I think you mean gut microbes
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post #7 of 19 Old 11-04-2011, 09:35 AM
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Mineral Deficiency

Eating manure, chewing wood, and/or eating dirt are all indications of mineral deficiencies. Mineral deficiencies are often due to poor digestion (dysbiosis) or inadequate supplementation. Try supplementing his diet with a free choice mineral.
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Try supplementing his diet with a free choice mineral.
He already gets free choice salt.
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Indie does it in the winter when she gets bored (no pasture, less riding, and she grows weary of the salt lick). Is he a playful sort of horse? Maybe he'd like some toys to keep him busy. I've seen some pretty cool ones on online stores and catalogs, and I'm sure there are plenty that are easy to make at home.
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post #10 of 19 Old 11-04-2011, 03:23 PM
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:) How about vitamins A, D and E, Vitamin B Complex, Calcium, Copper, Zinc, etc. etc. These are not included in salt blocks.
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