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post #1 of 13 Old 11-15-2012, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Horse eats his poop:(

Hi My horse Duke nibbles on his poop. He has two regular meals a day(2-3 flakes of hay every meal) and a salt block and water and he has access to a two acre pasture 24/7 and he has a roomy run-in shed to get out of the weather. what in the world is he lacking?
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-15-2012, 07:51 PM
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It can be a lot of things. It may be that he is not properly digesting what he is eating - if you look at the fecal balls are you able to identify individual feed components? Does the fiber materiel in the feces look digested or whole? It does not necessarily mean anything is "missing" from his diet.
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It can be a lot of things. It may be that he is not properly digesting what he is eating - if you look at the fecal balls are you able to identify individual feed components? Does the fiber materiel in the feces look digested or whole? It does not necessarily mean anything is "missing" from his diet.
His poop looks normal.
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I would ask the vet about it, but if he isn't eating a lot of it then I personally wouldn't be too worried about him being in immediate danger. It can indicate that he isn't chewing his food properly or that he's missing something in his diet. Or course, it could just be behavioral.

My horse smells his own manure all the time and has lipped at it, are you sure he's actually eating it?

Rabbits and guinea pigs are hindgut fermenters just like horses, and it is normal and healthy for them to eat their feces! They actually get quite ill if they don't.

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I would ask the vet about it, but if he isn't eating a lot of it then I personally wouldn't be too worried about him being in immediate danger. It can indicate that he isn't chewing his food properly or that he's missing something in his diet. Or course, it could just be behavioral.

My horse smells his own manure all the time and has lipped at it, are you sure he's actually eating it?

Rabbits and guinea pigs are hindgut fermenters just like horses, and it is normal and healthy for them to eat their feces! They actually get quite ill if they don't.
He was half-heartedly nibbleing his half-frozen poop(its cold here).
But, he WAS biteing off tiny amounts and chewing them(YUCK). He never does that when he has hay to eat. maybe i should just increase the amount of hay i feed him?

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If you can get your hands on a round bale (around here they're $40 at most and a bale will last a horse over a month if fed nothing else) it couldn't hurt to offer him free choice hay. If I recall correctly from my earlier Biology classes, during the winter grass looses some of its nutritional value... has something to do with the grass going into a dormant phase. Anyway.

Maybe there's something that he isn't getting enough of?

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Horses eating poop are usually either with some sort of deficiency or are just flat out hungry. It is NOT normal for a horse to eat manure.

I'd start feeding your horse more. Free choice hay.
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Not sure where you live, but he may not be getting enough roughage. if his pasture is full of snow and/or very short grass then you need to weigh his feed.
I weighed 4 flakes the other day and it was only 8 pounds...
Your horse needs 1.5 to 2% of his body weight in food per day.. so a 1000 pound horse needs a minimum 15 pounds in food.
Again not sure where your from, but in canada you can get Hoffmans minerals, it will cover anything he may be lacking, if he is lacking in anything.
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post #9 of 13 Old 11-16-2012, 12:04 AM
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Some horses tend to eat their poop when there is an imbalance of gut flora. Wouldn't hurt to have him on probios.
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post #10 of 13 Old 11-16-2012, 12:26 AM
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More hay. Eating poop is a sign that the diet is lacking roughage, as others have said.
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