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    06-01-2010, 07:31 PM
Green Broke
Stop eating sawdust!

Just brought my new mini home not even 20min ago. She will not stop eating the sawdust, mouth fulls at a time. We have grain and hay available to her, but she would rather eat the sawdust. I have her tied up right now so she cannot reach the sawdust with a haybag and water within reach. Besides pulling out the sawdust what other things could I do?
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    06-02-2010, 07:18 AM
Pulling out and use straw or shavings instead is the best idea. You probably can spray something on (like that no-chew stuff), but it'll be just costly.
    06-02-2010, 07:27 AM
I would guess your mini would stop eating them shortly. Probably something new and sampling.

My mare will sometimes take a big mouthful of sawdust when I rebed her stall. If you looked quick you would think she is eating them, but she takes the mouthful, chews a bit and then spits them out. Could your mini be doing the same thing?
    06-02-2010, 07:33 AM
Green Broke
Haha, typical, you spend money on good feed and hay and they eat their bedding. Maybe try straw bedding? Or paper? Maybe paper will not be as appetising :P
    06-02-2010, 07:54 AM
Green Broke
Ohno she EATS it. She coliced this morning and im sure when I had my back turned she took gobbles of sawdust which didnt help. She comes from a barn that had only staw bedding, I hate straw bedding but it looks like im going to have to switch.
    06-02-2010, 08:42 AM
Green Broke
I would start with straw for her and slowly transition to the bedding you prefer. By using the straw as a starting point you might better help her to understand that it is bedding and not a food source. This would be your best shot of fixing the problem, but is still no guarantee that you won't be using straw for her and bedding your other straws with sawdust.
    06-02-2010, 08:57 PM
Green Broke
I believe I heard that this can be a sign of ulcers.... you might want to look into that that though b/c i'm not quite positive!
    06-02-2010, 09:00 PM
Simple solution: switch to straw beddine. Of course, he could decide it looks like hay and eat that too....
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    06-02-2010, 09:51 PM
Green Broke
She went back into colic tonight, dumped a good amount of oil down her an walked her untill she passed all the oil back out. I pulled the sawdust out of her stall but I doubt shed be interested in it anyways she didnt want to eat anything after 2 hours of walking threw colic.
    06-02-2010, 10:35 PM
So, it could be that the colic was a result of the sawdust meals or it could be that the sawdust meals are a symptom of something else (as previously mentioned maybe ulcers) and the something else contributed to the colic also. So, seems to me you have to go through a process of elimination, starting with nixing the sawdust.

Sawdust if often mixed wood -- I'd be sure that it is only pine - no cedar or oak. Often sawmills mix them (especially the softwoods) and you could have even more trouble.

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