Suddenly mare is eating her manure

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  • BonnieB Original Poster
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    My 11 year old tbred rescue has started eating her manure. I can’t pick it up fast enough. I have owned her for 5 years and she has received good care. I don’t believe this is residual from her prior neglect. She receives good quality hay and large scoop of equine senior at night. She is lean but has shiny coat and is very active. Tried probiotics in her feed but she still nibbles on manure. She has never done this before. What can I do to stop this habit?

    pheets pheets
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    I have an OTTB gelding, hyper-sensitive, hyper aware, gets a good amount of senior feed and free choice hay but tends to snack on manure as well, mostly in late winter. I had heard that this can sometimes be due to a lack of vitamin K. Made sense to me as we tend to feed the same seasonal hay year round. Anyway,
    I put him on a general vit/min albeit low protien supp and he has been *dietarily* poo-free since. I believe that his hyper system taxes what he eats and even tho he gets the recommended weight in grain, i still give him his vits. He burns it off just thinking about eating. Typically, excess vits are p’d out and don’t sit in the system for long.There are many reasons for manure eating, be sure to talk with your vet about this issue as well as vitamin supplementation in regards to your mare’s dining choices.

    Good luck with this, wishing you many rides thru this summer and onward : )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    BonnieB Original Poster
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    Thank you for taking the time to respond. I will certainly try your suggestion. Vet will be out next week and I mention to her.

    Again, thank you!

    pheets pheets
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    Welcome : ) And to the Forum as well!

    You might want to consider upping her grain a bit if only feeding once a day and as you say, she is lean.. Not unusual at all for a TB to need more than one daily feed. I don’t know what brand of Senior you feed but check manure for undigested grains ( often a sign of being in need of a float). If she is hungry, this can inspire nibbling… There could also be some type of ulceric activity which is also common among many performance horses, particularly OTTBs. There are several ways you can go to address this but finding the actual cause, if possible, can save time, cash and health. Also note: any dietary changes, up, down, added or subtracted, can take even up to a couple months to show any result.
    Chat with your vet. Always the best way to go. And seriously, good luck : )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    ksweet724 ksweet724
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    I had a Quarter Horse mare that used to do this same thing. It turned out she was just low on a few vitamins. She received excellent feed twice per day but in her senior years she just needed another vitamin source. I gave her SmartVite and she stopped eating mature a month later

    techmichelle
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    Hi

    I really like the vitamin suggestions, would follow that up with a pro and pre biotic.

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