So, Miss Anne has displayed a very worrying habit. She is OBSESSED with Abbys (my draft) poop. Yesterday, giving a group lesson, Abby pooped in the arena, ext time Annie went past that spot she did a nose dive into the poop pile Abby had left. A still steaming, fresh pile of poop. She gobbled it up like ove only ever seen her eat grain The girl riding her fought her up, pushed her forward, relaxed, and Annie did an immediate 180 back to the poop pile. She wouldnt leave it alone until I had mixed it all into the sand. She's turned out with two other mares. Both on a higher quality grain, and alfalfa cubes. No vitamins or supplements. She doesnt even sniff their poop. Or her gelding neighbor, who likes to stick his butt up to the fence and drool his poo into annies stall. She wont touch it. But abbys is like cake to her. I asked around to a few of my knowledgeable friends, and the suggested maybe Abby has something in her diet Annie is missing. Funny thing, they eat almost exactly the same thing.
Annies diet (16.1h tb/ paint. Moderate metabolism)
2 flakes t/a am, 2 pm
1 qt 10% pellets am/pm
Half a scoop alfalfa cubes, pm
2 tablespoons multivitamin, pm
Garlic & 2 tablespoons oil PM
Abbys Diet (18h percheron, easy keeper)
2 flakes t/a am/pm
Full scoop alfalfa cubes pm
2 tablespoons multivitamin pm
Garlic and 2 tablespoons oil pm
The multivitamin is a general hoof, coat and digestion aid. Annie doesnt get as much alfalfa as abby because it makes her poo runny. Im at a loss.