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post #1 of 7 Old 05-22-2012, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 7 Old 05-22-2012, 12:36 PM
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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
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-22-2012, 12:43 PM
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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.
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-22-2012, 01:42 PM
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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.

Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-22-2012, 02:28 PM
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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.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-22-2012, 02:43 PM
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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!!!!!

To ride or not to ride? What a stupid question!
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-22-2012, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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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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