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Tammy 04-11-2007 05:00 PM

my horse has recently started eating the bark off of trees. first of all i,m afraid of something poisoning him and also of killing all the trees.he had ine main tree he was chewing on and i put hot sauce on it so he just started chewing on others.any advice PLEASE!!

savepitbulls 04-11-2007 05:45 PM

First I'd paint Chew Stop on all the trees. Then I'd evaluate his feed and see if he could be missing something in his diet. My guess is that he's either bored or missing something nutritionally. You can call any vet and ask them for advice and they should give it to you free of charge. If he is just bored try putting some toys in the pasture.

welshcoblady 05-11-2007 06:59 AM

Bark chewing
Hi Tammy first of all i would not worry to much, horses chew bark even feral horses there are many good resons why heres afew,
1/ young horse do it to loosen milk teeth and strengthen gums.
2/ bark is a natural fiber which horses need .
3/ In spring the new grass is plenty full but has less fiber than is needed if just on grass.
4/Horses have a phyicologicol need to chew and fiber is very important to them and their gut
If you put old apple tree logs in the feild and maybe some in his box
he can chew safely on those and you need not worry.

stefie 06-05-2007 07:12 AM

my mare use to do it all the time mainly because she was bored also another thing is that your horse may need its teeth done..or your horse is lacking in a substance that it may need and is finding it in the tree.
if you are really worried about it contact a vet but there is really nothing to worrie about :D

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