Why would a horse eat mud?

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    05-22-2012, 12:16 PM
Why would a horse eat mud?

Recently while on a trail ride (riding less than one hour), my horse stopped on 3 occasions to eat mud. There is a salt lick available, so I am perplexed. Anyone else have the same experience? Thank you
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    05-22-2012, 01:36 PM
Generally when a horses eats mud that means that they are not getting some mineral that they need...u said you had a salt block but what about a mineral block I want to say they are brown...that could be it or maybe the horse wanted to drink....just an idea
    05-22-2012, 01:43 PM
Green Broke
There's a salt lick available on the trail ? Id say he was out of shape and dehydrated or drank lots of water to replace sweat and was trying to correct an electrolyte imbalance.
    05-22-2012, 02:42 PM
Your horse is lacking minerals which is why he is eating dirt/mud. Do you have a mineral block? Our horses get a Mineral block, Salt block, and Selenium block.

So your horse is doing what they would do in the wild to get the minerals they are lacking.
    05-22-2012, 03:28 PM
Besides the mineral block, offer your horse free running pickling salt. Research has proved that horses do not ingest enough salt from a lick as it makes their tongue sore.
    05-22-2012, 03:43 PM
My horse has a salt block & a red mineral block... he almost ALWAYS has the mineral block gone before the salt block. Before I gave him the mineral block though, he was almost always licking a metal fence.... afterwards... well, I haven't seen him lick a fence again!! It just took the simple addition of a mineral block!!! Plus.... his coat always was nice looking... but NOW... it is SOO gorgeous!!! I've never seen it this pretty!!!!!
    05-22-2012, 03:44 PM
No Joe, I can understand your confusion, but there is no salt lick on the trail. I meant that there is a salt lick available to him at the barn.

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