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virginiaod

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virginiaod says:

Horse eating poos

My 21 year old retired mare has started to eat horse poos. I have my friend's horse on her hols with my other mare as I have too much grass so lack of forage is isn't, all three are sharing a 6 acre field. She is routinely wormed, her teeth are done regularly (in fact only Dec). All horses get on great but she is following my friend's mare around the field and then eating her droppings, she is ID so large poos. I had never seen her do this before. Any ideas??

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Horse eating poos

It's normally reckoned to be lack of vits or mins I think - is there a salt  / mineral lick available?

Also at 21 she may be needing some sort of veteran conditioner, depending on her condition, obviously - I found my cob mare, now nearing 23, started losing condition and looking a bit sad when she got to about 20, she been having Spillers senior condition mix for the past couple of years, and has looked a lot better for it.

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Horse eating poos

Sabrina started to do this trick but as a ex-showjumper was kept on a competition yard was could be a habit, but put her on NAF Veteran Supplement thats got probotics in, after a few days worked.

 

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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virginiaod

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virginiaod says:

Re: Horse eating poos

Thanks will try a veteran supplement as she has a mineral lick but rarely uses it, the other horses love it. Another suggestion was giving her iodine with water to help balance her gut, has anyone heard of this?

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Horse eating poos

Yes, I've heard of it for humans with tummy problems, but it's also used for thyroid problems, so it may be worth while getting your vet to do a blood test to check her thyroid hormone levels first - we have a cat with hyperthroidism so have done a bit of research into it!

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The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Horse eating poos

Also I leave a Horselyx in Sabrina's stable stops the wood eating.

 

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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