There are several spots at the outer edge of the paddock that one of my mares (Star) really likes to lick at. Even this past winter, she would lick at it until the snow was gone and she was going at the dirt.
She goes out on pasture, has clean water, good hay, and gets grain with a fair amount of supplements in it. Also, she has access to two different salt blocks: A plain white one, and a red mineral one.
I've done some research on this. One of the things that was said was that it could be a sign of gastric ulcers- which she does have. But she is only licking the dirt, not chewing on it, and she doesn't chew on anything else. I offered her the salt block when I noticed that she was licking the ground and gnawing at it with her bottom teeth, and she licked it for a few minutes.
There are little bits of moss there- does that have anything to do with it? Does she need yet another supplement? Just wondering what I should do about this, thank you!