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    08-30-2012, 01:16 PM
My dogs eat horse poop, chicken poop ... but when they go after each other's poop .. I.JUST.WANT.TO.THROW.UP!
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    08-30-2012, 01:35 PM
Then they want to kiss you! Lol
    08-30-2012, 01:38 PM
I shouldn't, but I will, tell you. Last weekend the grandkids were over. GD, 2-1/2 yrs old was watching the dog lick himself. She says, why does Digger lick his pee-pee? I said, that's how dogs clean themselves, you don't have to watch. She says, I can't lick my pee-pee! I tell her, you don't have to, you take baths to clean yourself! She just couldn't grasp the concept of why the dog would like himself.
Same child, after seeing the horse poop, asks me. Why do horses poop? I told her the same reason you and I poop. She says ok. Sometimes simple answers are the best! Lol
    08-30-2012, 01:51 PM
^^ too funny..... So I guess it is normal for my horses to eat their own poop? I'm with you tg, makes me wanna throw up!
    08-30-2012, 01:53 PM
I know babies (horses) eat other horses poo ... it's supposed to help establish their gut ...

You must feed some really tasty food that is good even re-cycled!
    08-30-2012, 02:00 PM
LOL.....someone told me that horses eat the poop because of left over grain in it (not sure I believe that) but I haven't seen any, especially now that we feed them a 14% pellet? They are the only 2 in the barn, I've seen do it. It's just weird....maybe they are bored!
    08-30-2012, 04:02 PM
Originally Posted by tiffrmcoy    
I was hoping maybe yall could give me a little advice being yall are from Texas and understand this heat and answer a few question. I'm not from here I'm from Missouri and when I bred her I lived in Missouri and wasn't planning on moving but we did.

Okay my mare is in foal and due in October. Is it still hot in October here? How do foals do in this heat?

Would appreciate any help. Thanks! Oh and this is my first foal.
Tiff .. I'm so sorry your questions seemed to be overlooked!

It should be mild enough in October for a foal, and cooling off quickly after that. Your mare and baby should do fine.

We would love to have pics of your quickly growing mare .. and then of course the baby when it gets here.
    08-30-2012, 04:29 PM
Originally Posted by kctop72    
Ok.....serious question e why do horses eat their own poop?
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Well what I was taught in school is that they do it (and all animals do it especially foals - they do it at least once or twice their first year - rabbits actually make a special poo every day just for eating as a part of their everyday diet) is to help with normal gut flora....it's called coprophagia and they do it just to balance out the bacteria in their gut.

If they do it all of the time, then a person could add probiotics to the feed for a couple of weeks. That would be the scientific explanation. Or if they are obviously just pawing and playing in it, then it is boredom.
    08-30-2012, 05:51 PM
They are definitely not playing in it!
    08-30-2012, 07:55 PM
Originally Posted by kctop72    
They are definitely not playing in it!

LOL! My geldings tend to poo in the same spots so it is easy to get in the skid steer and scoop it up when it is gardening time. I have learned not to leave a huge, scooped up mound of it where they can get it because for some reason, they think it is the 'bomb' to climb onto the pile and paw it all back down.

It's a bomb alright - a stink bomb!

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