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post #1 of 5 Old 06-14-2012, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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Horses eating tree bark/wood

Our horses have pretty well stripped every birch tree in our paddock. I know this means they're missing some nutrients in their diet, but exactly what type of nutrients are they missing?

I'll give you what they're currently on so it can hopefully give you all a better idea of what they could be missing.

Abbey (TB mare) fed 2x daily
1.5 lbs Shurgain Fat n Fiber
1.5 lbs Purina Trimax
4 cups (sorry, unsure of the weight) soaked beet pulp

Charlie (TB gelding) fed 2x daily
3 lbs Shurgain Fat n Fiber
4 cups soaked beet pulp

Nishka (Paint cross mare) fed 2x daily
0.4 lbs Accelerator Plus Ration Balancer

Aurora (Appendix mare) fed 2x daily
0.4 lbs Accelerator Plus Ration Balancer

On top of that they're fed almost free choice 50/50 timothy alfalfa mix hay. We get large square bales and feed 4 flakes AM and 5 flakes PM. I know you all prefer a given weight I've just never weighed our hay, but they usually finish it an hour or two before each feed which is why I say almost free choice.

They're utd on all shots, floating, were just recently wormed with Zimectrin Gold (ivermectin + pyraziquantel), the spelling was off the top of my head so I apologize if it's wrong! Thanks in advance for the replies :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-14-2012, 10:32 AM
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Doesn't necessarily mean they're missing anything. They could just be bored.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-16-2012, 08:23 PM
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Many horses will nibble on tree bark, or other things too, doesn't mean they are missing anything in diet, they just like doing it. Same as with kids marking up desks in school.

Give them some Jolly Balls, or other types of toys if you can. Putting chicken wire around trunks of trees will help. TB farms have to do this, as well as other barns too.

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-16-2012, 08:31 PM
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Doesn't necessarily mean they're missing anything. They could just be bored.
And some trees just taste good, too. Our mare will kill just about every maple tree they can find in the spring when the sap is coming up.

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post #5 of 5 Old 06-16-2012, 09:24 PM
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My hors eats the only trree in the pasture wen he gets bored. Thinks it tastes good I guess.
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