New diet, swollen legs, manure eating?
Skip this top part of your arent looking for a book: I had spent a few weeks this fall looking over options and studying for a new diet. After this past year of horses with fungus, skin conditions, mini horses with lice I thought extra oils (omegas) and vitamin A should be safely added. With the additional thought that a three of the horses could be allergic to soy, I opted for trying Coolstance (coconut), beet pulp and Equipride minerals to replace my Tribute Right Choice 14 pelleted feed.
I feed well under the bags recommended amount of the Tribute so I decided to try half of the dose of Equipride minerals. Half dose of minerals would still be twice as much, more depending which mineral, as the Tribute would supply. Then a cup of beet pulp and 3/4 of a pound of coconut as a delivery system for the minerals.
I've always fed 1/4 cup of flax and 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, continued with those.
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Old diet: 2# Tribute, flax & pumpkin seed.
New diet: 3/4# Coolstance, 1 cup (1/2 dose) Equipride, flax & pumpkin.
Switched very slowly, weaning off from the Tribute, slowly adding first the coconut, then starting it 1/5 cup of minerals and working up over 2 weeks time.
Everyone's already nice coats became gorgeous with an even higher shine and noticable different feel.
Fast forward, this change started 1 month ago.
My 2.5 year old has started to get puffy back legs/ankles... one more so than the other. Not immediately concerned, keep an eye on it, ankle doesn't go down. It's like the stocked up legs you get from a quick protein change. I haven't changed hays.
Then she starts eating manure. Not because she's hungry or bored because she'll stop on the way to a hay rack and choose to eat poop instead. They have axcess to hay about half of the day and this isn't new to her.
Poop eating brings to mind boredom, protein or probiotic/bacteria IMO and I feel all bases should be covered for her. (She gets a probiotics supplement, too)
This leads me to think the feed switch has something to do and that the swelling and poop eating are a sign of......? So I stopped feeding her the new diet all together. Ankles went down, poop eating continued and now she is downing salt mineral blocks too.
Why would the added minerals do this, or is it coincidence, what could she be missing, or is she getting to much of something now? I wouldn't think to much explains the poop eating though, just thought I'd see if any diet experts had a thought while I am Google searching.
FYI- Her hay is mostly a Timothy grass mix. Some alfalfa and clover, a little Orchard grass in the mix. She gets 1st & 2nd cutting off from two different feild. Plus 1 flake of alfalfa a day.