Licking metal

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  1. gingersnaps2002

    gingersnaps2002 Banned

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    I have noticed that in the past couple weeks or so Squeaker has been licking metal. She will usually do this after she eats grass or grain.Like usually when I saddle her up,I tie her to the big gas tank beside the house cause it's right by the tack room. I will normally give her a handful of sweet feed either before or after the ride and after she eats it,she will lick the gas tank.:hah: If I let her eat beside the road(grass) and then put her in the pen,she will lick on the gate that is metal. She does this all the time now. I am just puzzled as to why she does it. She has a large white salt block in the pen and gets bermuda hay. She usually licks it about 5 times then is done.
    Is she doing this because she is lacking a mineral? And the metal is not rusty or anything.
     






  2. Blistering Winds

    Blistering Winds Senior Member+

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    Not necessarily. Could be a nervous habit. Mine likes to lick my hands when things are going sour around him. Some people/horses like the taste of metal. It is weird.

    It COULD be she is lacking, but some research has shown horses are not "mineral smart" like cattle. They'll OD themselves before they quit. Cattle, however, will only eat what they need.
     
  3. *BaRrEL_BaBE*

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    Lol yeah that is. Ginger(hope you do not mind the nickname), I have a friend who's two horses love to do that. When they are tied at the trailer, they are constantly slobbering all over it.
     
  4. dakota's_sable

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    My horse will lick the metal gate to her yard. I don't think she's lacking anything. At one point this past spring she was licking and nibbling on dirt. I gradually introduced her to a mineral block for horses and she quit with the dirt thing. I don't know if this will help your situation or not.
     
  5. gingersnaps2002

    gingersnaps2002 Banned

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    Hmm,I never heard of horses with a taste for metal lol. She doesn't seem nervous or scared about anything when she does it.I guess she finds cold metal tasty. I'll probably get them a mineral block though.
     
  6. MissBandit

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    Your horses do not have access to a mineral lick? They deffinitely should.
     
  7. MissBandit

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    That makes no sense to me. I've never seen a horse lick a salt/mineral block to death. They usually give it a couple of licks then leave it until they feel the need again.
     
  8. madvoice

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    My TB mare started picking up the dog's metal chain (had some rust on it) and mouthing it until all the rust was gone. As soon as a mineral block was introduced she no longer goes for the dog's chain.
     
  9. CountryBoy

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    Mine lick my hands, shoes, the dirt, metal, heck I have seen them lick the cats and goats. Here's a picture for ya, horse licking frozen metal post and his tongue getting stuck..........That would be a great picture (assuming the horse didn't get hurt) Tossed that in, in case it would be a bad thing.
     
  10. madvoice

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    The mental picture is quite funny enough :)
    I think a lot of the licking is the horse wondering "Can I Eat That?"
     






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