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Old 05-03-2007, 07:48 PM  
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why a horse be eating dirt /red clay ??

they are in a pasture with alot of grass so can anyone tell me why my horses are eating red dirt . or dirt /mud at all ??
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Old 05-03-2007, 07:50 PM  
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Maybe they are lacking a mineral in their diet? Try a mineral/salt block.
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That's exactly what I was going to say. Lacking minerals is usually the cause of dirt eating
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Hi. I agree. I just noticed this is your first post. Thought I would say welcome to HT!!!
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Hi. I agree. I just noticed this is your first post. Thought I would say welcome to HT!!!
Sorry I didn't notice that Welcome to HT, You'll love it here
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:32 PM  
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I agree check for vitamin mineral issue. Your horses may be eating the clay to add digestive micro-organisms, to sooth upset stomach (clay has an absorbant action), out of boredome or habit or mental disease. I would be concerned if sand was aslo in your dirt as it can cause sand colic or impactions.
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:25 PM  
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I am leaning towards lacking a mineral in the diet.
I feed the loose minerals-so they can get the minerals they need without having to consume way too much salt from those hard blocks.
You see deer and wild hogs do that out in the woods sometimes. They are attracted to natural salt/mineral deposits
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:44 PM  
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what would be the best type of mineral to get for them
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Old 05-03-2007, 10:03 PM  
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go to your local feedstore and tell them you want loose horse minerals[they have salet in there too]
They will be able to order some in for you if they do not have any on hand
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