Discussion in 'Horse Chat' started by Misty H, Feb 7, 2018.
And now souvie is chewing on wood because he won’t go and eat hay like he should. He won’t lick salt blocks and if I try to add anything in his feed he will not eat it. He is a very stubborn horse lol
If chewing wood is a new habit, discourage it, spray bottle, nose Pat, well aimed dirt ball to hip.. whatever it takes. Ive seen a few start, looked like from stress, and persistent dissuasion was successful in making them Stop. Its expensively damaging, its bad for their digestion.. and personally I cannot abide a cribber .
I agree with you there. He just started doing it recently. Mainly fence post or the gates. But I will do what I need to get him to stop
He is looking good!
But - holy wither!!! You did a custom saddle for him, right?
I can see why... fitting him sure does not look easy.
I hope you get the buddy sour issue figured out quickly.
Treat/ check for ulcers. I know when Mirage has ulcers because that's the only time she chews wood.
Yes I had a custom saddle made for him. Fits like a charm and only cost me $1900 lol
The vet was out here recently, he said he just need minerals
Have you tried a Himalayan salt lick? Not sure if its sufficient minerals compared to a usual red salt lick, but BOs horses seem to prefer it, when a red or Himalayan are in the same stall. And it seems to last longer, which helps deflect the slightly higher cost than a red or white lick.
I am actually giving him one tablespoon of Himalayan salt in his feed now. And he has increased his water intake and eating more hay now. So hopefully that will counter set things. I tried him on a block of regular white salt, the red block of mineral salt neither he would have anything to do with. Then I tried the peppermint and carrot flavor salts nope not even those and carrots are his favorite treat. He is a very hard keeper let me tell ya.
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