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post #1 of 6 Old 06-14-2015, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
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A Mouth Full of manure!

So, out riding today and we pull up to chat to a friend. Dozer starts grazing, MJ 'moves his bowels' and then wanders a little. Dozer ends up eating right next to MJ's fresh pile of manure, which is odd in its own right because he NEVER eats grass that has been tainted by poop! Keep talking to the friend, look at Dozer, and almost vomit.

He had a mouth full of MJ's manure.

I have no idea what possessed him to do it, and as far as I know he's never done it before. Short of wandering around the paddock looking for poop with bites taken out of it, how do I know if it was a (disgusting) one off, or if he's lacking something in his diet?
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-14-2015, 06:25 AM
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It could have been just one huge mistake on Dozer's part.

If you see him start to make a habit out of eating manure, or licking dirt, it's time to worry about what mineral is lacking in his system,

I say system because two horses can eat the same way, yet one can be deficient in something.

Watch him, when he is on pasture but one incident, of this type, isn't time to worry, IMO
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-14-2015, 08:10 AM
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totally agree with walkinthewalk.

If you can put a free choice mineral supplement in the stall, the horse can self-"medicate".

Loose mineral is best - just hang a bucket - but some horses eat it like grain so, if yours does that, a mineral block will help.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-23-2015, 11:15 PM
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Gut flora is another factor, aside from basic nutrition - a young foal will eat it's mother's poo in order to get the necessary gut flora for future digestion. I'd also consider therefore that probiotics may be in order.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-08-2015, 10:40 PM
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Poop is amazing - there is a lot to learn from the good ol' manure piles.
Manure does contain feed - grains get passed through, it's high in fiber, so he could have wanted a snack if he was really hungry. [note: I do not suggest feeding manure to a horse, or yourself!]
However, my best guess is that he is needing something for his gut (As mentioned above). I see young horses eating their mums manure for the goodies that have been passed through, or horses that are unwell looking for some help for their gut flora. I'd throw in some pre=pro botics for a week or two :)
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-12-2015, 09:42 PM
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lol. I've only seen him do it once, but Pistol once took a big hunk of Dixie's poop. Don't worry about it- make sure he is getting necessary nutrition and if so, even if he makes it into habit, as long as he is getting proper nutrients from his feed it won't hurt anything, gross as it is. What comes out must have once been in.

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