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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Minerals for horses

I was stood in my horses field the other day and whilst watching her i noticed that she started to consume another horses waste ( i.e poo).

Does this mean that she may be lacking in a certain mineral?, is this natural?, not sure what to do.

Where are you from? Southampton

How did you locate this forum? Google search

Re: Minerals for horses

Greetings Danielle!

This habit can happen due to several reasons. The first is boredom. The next is not enough forage to graze on -- your horse needs grass or hay at all times. And, third, it could be due to a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium supplementation would be a good idea in that case.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO