My 2 yr old filly has been eating dirt every time the ground thaws enough for her to do so. She has a red mineral block and gets mixed hay (timothy alfalfa) twice a day, complete feed (12% protein pellets) and a tiny bit of sweet feed for a treat. Fresh water is available 24-7 of course.
Since she is only 2, I am guessing she is deficient in some mineral (calcium and or phosphorus), so I got some Hoffman's for her. I gave her some tonight top-dressed on her complete feed and she didn't want it. She just picked and snorted and eventually went back to rooting through the dirt. I expected her to wolf it down thinking her dirt-eating habit was due to a mineral deficiency.
Am I expecting too much when I thought she would wolf down the minerals? Would she eat dirt because she is teething? Should I keep trying with topdressing the Hoffman's just in smaller quantities? Any other thoughts on why she is digging through the snow to eat dirt?