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    12-10-2010, 12:47 AM
  #1
Yearling
My mare is eating her straw bedding! :( What should I do?

Just what the title says. I stall Berdi sometimes at night as we get very cold Albertan winters and she's already 19. She has no problem with her stall - it is very large and roomy and she can walk around in it a lot. She has a slow-feeder I give her every night with lots of hay.

However I have noticed she is eating some straw. I don't think she's getting a ton of it but she is eating it. Is this going to hurt her? Is there anything I can do to stop her from eating it? Other forms of bedding aren't really an option right now so I'm looking for some ideas and suggestions.

Any advice would be much appreciated!
     
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    12-10-2010, 09:35 AM
  #2
Banned
When you put new bed down mix it all in with the bed you had before this should make her stop if not keep her occupied haynet snack bal*/?x
     
    12-10-2010, 09:54 AM
  #3
Showing
It's not going to hurt her, although she's not getting any nutritional value from it.

Many horses nibble on their straw bedding when they're finished with their hay. As long as she's not eating the stall bare, I wouldn't worry about it.
     
    12-10-2010, 10:02 AM
  #4
Banned
No but you need to careful as eating staw can result in colic as long as the in take isnt too much she will be fine but yeah I wouldnt worry about it too much
At the end of the day you know your horse better than anyone else x
     
    12-10-2010, 10:08 AM
  #5
Showing
Dillon, just a heads up. You're not allowed to use text speak on this BB. It's in the Forum Rules that you agreed to when you signed up.
     
    12-10-2010, 10:12 AM
  #6
Banned
Speed racer where have I used text? Speak?
     
    12-10-2010, 11:07 AM
  #7
Yearling
My mare was a chronic bed eater so buy 2 super large haynets stuff them to capacity and hang them in your stable at night if you don't want her getting fat double up to reduce hole sizes she is finshing her hay early and is nibbling for something to do.

Note I tried everything from vinegar(she loved that) to mixing old beddings(i couldnt handle not having a clean clean stable) to dettol sprayed on(she picked around ir)

THe only thing that works is more hay or more turnout
     
    12-10-2010, 11:11 AM
  #8
Banned
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Originally Posted by MaggiStar    
My mare was a chronic bed eater so buy 2 super large haynets stuff them to capacity and hang them in your stable at night if you don't want her getting fat double up to reduce hole sizes she is finshing her hay early and is nibbling for something to do.

Note I tried everything from vinegar(she loved that) to mixing old beddings(i couldnt handle not having a clean clean stable) to dettol sprayed on(she picked around ir)

THe only thing that works is more hay or more turnout
good idea with the doubiling up with the haynets but agreed more turnout
     
    12-10-2010, 11:17 AM
  #9
Yearling
Thank-you all for the advice! That's good to know it doesn't pose a real danger to her. She doesn't eat that much but she does eat some. I'll try getting another slow feeder for her probably. She usually is out 24/7 but when its really cold, snowy or rainy I bring her in.
     
    12-10-2010, 11:36 AM
  #10
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by dillon    
no but you need to careful as eating staw can result in colic as long as the in take isnt too much she will be fine but yeah I wouldnt worry about it too much
Sorry - it won't cause colic anymore than any other roughage will.

Equate it to humans eating popcorn. No nutritional value - but tastes good.
     

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