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post #1 of 4 Old 07-16-2013, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Eating bark?

So I am not having this problem I am just very very curious about it. There are some horses in a pasture along the road that I drive to get to work. They seem to be in fairly good conditon and have a large pasture with a shed and trees. But sometimes when I drive by I see them eating the bark off of the trees? What exactly does that mean and why are they doing it? If you look when you drive by there are patches missing from the tree bark that is from them nibbling on it.
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-16-2013, 11:38 AM
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Some trees have tasty/sweet bark that horses like. I've seen horses strip the bark off young trees and kill them.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-16-2013, 11:58 AM
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-16-2013, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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Interesting, so it doesn't have to do with any minerals or anything? I had no clue they even ate bark and when I was driving by I was like what are they doing! Haha

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