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Gidget ate clay on our trail ride

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        02-25-2012, 12:02 AM
    Green Broke
    Gidget ate clay on our trail ride

    I went on a 9 mile trail ride yesterday and there are puddles that I let her drink out of. She was licking the water and then took bites out of the ground where the red clay met the water so it was super mushy clay. Is she lacking minerals? I have a mineral block and it has selenium in it as well. She gets clover hay,probiotics,mare magic,and some turnout. Should I get her something else?
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        02-25-2012, 12:07 AM
    Green Broke
    She was probably just bitting at the water. You might want to sand clear her now though :/
        02-25-2012, 12:08 AM
    Green Broke
    Why would I need to sand clear her?

    I can do a sand test to see if she has sand in her system. My friend showed me how. What do you use to clear sand?
        02-25-2012, 12:11 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Gidget    
    What do you use to clear sand?
    Sand Clear.....
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        02-25-2012, 12:29 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Gidget    
    why would I need to sand clear her?

    I can do a sand test to see if she has sand in her system. My friend showed me how. What do you use to clear sand?
    If she ate clay, it might get stuck causing colic. Testing her would be a good idea. I've herd of people using sulinium(sp?) pellets? I just used sand clear.
        02-25-2012, 12:38 AM
    Green Broke
    I doubt you need to use a sand clearing product unless she actually ate a bunch of sand. We have clay soil and I asked my vet about psyllium and he said that the clay goes right through them and not to worry about it. It's because our type of soil is very clay-like.

    Now if she was eating off a sandy surface, then yes, psyllium might be a good idea (although honestly I think there was a study to show that psyllium really didn't do anything. I believe it was in The Horse magazine).

    One of my guys also licks the mud around ponds on trail rides and also eats dried moss when the water level is down. I don't know if he is lacking something or just likes the taste, but it freaks me out less than it used to. I figure if he likes it that well, there is probably something in it that his body craves. Who am I to say he's wrong?

    Now I would still try to keep him from eating quantities of mud (and especially sand), but I figure a little lick or two or a mouthful of moss at a pond now and then won't kill him. And we can't be watching what they put in their mouths 24/7.
        02-26-2012, 02:46 AM
    Yes, I'd bet she's lacking something.

    Does she get straight clover hay as her whole diet? I'd definitely change that, to predominantly grass hay. A little clover/legume hay is generally OK, assuming she's not overweight/IR, but it's very rich & also generally very high in protein which can be problematic for some horses or if not fed as part of a balanced diet.

    Unfortunately, horses don't tend to get much out of mineral blocks, unless they actually munch them. They're also usually way too high in salt compared to other nutrients, when considering balance & they can also be grain based & molasses laced. I'd be looking for a good complete supp/grain free ration balancer or such, that will balance her hay/other feed. is a great resource for working out what your horse needs.

    She would also benefit from full turnout if possible, or at least as much more than 'some' & as little locked up as you can manage.

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