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eating problem

Post by hillbilly1234 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:13 pm

I have a 30 year old horse that eats her own manure not a lot but nibbles she has very good grass hay and a salt block do you think she is low in some mineral maybe i will get her a mineral block to chew on maybe that will solve this nasty habit.



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Re: eating problem

Post by pdfangus » Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:34 pm

block of anything is mostly good for holding down a tarp or something.

get a good quality loose mineral supplement.
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Re: eating problem

Post by hayray » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:47 pm

I second that. I always heard that loose mineral was necessary for cattle because they do not bit the block as good as horses, but as a horse gets alot older ya wonder about efficiency issues and dentition being able to grab mineral blocks as well?

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Post by msscamp » Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:40 am

hillbilly1234 wrote:I have a 30 year old horse that eats her own manure not a lot but nibbles she has very good grass hay and a salt block do you think she is low in some mineral maybe i will get her a mineral block to chew on maybe that will solve this nasty habit.


Have you ever noticed how those blocks are labeled as trace mineral blocks? Don't you think there is a reason why they are labeled that way? Do your horse a favor and buy her a good, loose mineral that will actually satisfy her nutritional needs.
Women and cats are going to do what they want, men and dogs would be wise to accept this.

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Re: eating problem

Post by ga.prime » Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:50 pm

msscamp wrote:Have you ever noticed how those blocks are labeled as trace mineral blocks? Don't you think there is a reason why they are labeled that way?

Because they contain trace minerals?
where'd it come from, how'd it get there?

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Re: eating problem

Post by chippie » Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:47 am

Purina makes a good loose horse mineral.

You might want to get the horse's teeth checked also. It may be missing some. I have a donkey who is 36 years old, He is missing teeth and has a difficult time chewing hay. I feed him Purina Senior. He is thriving on it.

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Re: eating problem

Post by hayray » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:49 am

My horses get the same mineral as my cattle. Right now I am using a Nutrena beef mineral that is a weather resistant mineral. I also offer a 90 ppm Se loose salt since in this area we have seen alot of selinium deficiency problems.

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Re: eating problem

Post by jersey lilly » Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:52 pm

I've heard alot of times when horses do this that a few doses of probiotics will fix the problem. They do this because their stomach bugs aren't right and they are trying to remedy it themselves.
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Re: eating problem

Post by pdfangus » Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:00 am

hayray wrote:My horses get the same mineral as my cattle. Right now I am using a Nutrena beef mineral that is a weather resistant mineral. I also offer a 90 ppm Se loose salt since in this area we have seen alot of selinium deficiency problems.


mine too....
I use one that was manufactered by Youngs but has recently been bought by Cargill.
I mix my own horse feed and put some of the mineral in the mix to make sure they get it and have it available loose as well.
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