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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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My horse

Dear Dr. Getty,
My horse Anna likes to eat sheetrock and wood and I need to know what I can do to stop her from eating the wood but I have taken down the sheetrock in her stall. Please help?

Where are you from? Long Lane Missouri

How did you locate this forum? Through another website

Re: My horse

Hi Debbie,

Most horses will chew on wood, walls, or whatever is available in a stall when they are bored. The best thing to alleviate the problem is to allow 24 hour turnout. However, if this is not possible, make sure she has access to quality hay and water all of the time.

In addition, you can add some entertainment by putting a ball feeder in the stall that spills small amounts of pellets when she plays with it. A mirror is helpful, too – a shiny stainless steel one, not one that is glass. If you put a mirror in the stall, make sure it’s positioned so she doesn’t see herself while she’s eating. Otherwise, she’ll feel like she’s competing with another horse.

A good nutritional supplement to ease her stress is very important, as well. Give her Ration Plus to help her bacterial flora produce more calming B vitamins.

Let me know how she’s doing.

All the best,

Dr. Getty