Frequent question: How do I stop my horse from eating his bedding?

Some of the most well used methods are spraying watered down malt vinegar or watered down Jeyes fluid (disinfectant) onto the horses bed. While most horses won’t touch a bed sprayed with Jeyes fluid, some greedy guts will keep eating!

Is it bad for horses to eat shavings?

Some horses eat their bedding. Ingestion of small amounts of straw or shavings is usually not harmful, but ingestion of larger amounts can cause intestinal obstruction and colic. Most horses that are fed adequately do not ingest significant amounts of shavings.

Can eating straw cause colic in horses?

If horses eat a large volume of straw, this lignin fiber accumulates in the digestive system and it can plug (impact) the digestive system. This results in severe colic and even death if not properly treated. Horses that are well- fed normally do not eat large volumes of straw bedding.

What to put on straw to stop horses eating it?

Deterring Straw Eating

Some of the most well used methods are spraying watered down malt vinegar or watered down Jeyes fluid (disinfectant) onto the horses bed. While most horses won’t touch a bed sprayed with Jeyes fluid, some greedy guts will keep eating!

Are wood chips bad for horses?

Wood chips or shavings containing as little as 5 percent black walnut have been found to cause laminitis (founder), which can result in debilitation or death of the horse.

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Will a horse eat gravel?

called depraved appetite. probably caused through his living conditions and poor nutrition. Horse have been known to chew rocks and large sticks if they have problems with their teeth – ie: they are trying to break off sharpe edges or hooks etc. Horses can also eat dirt looking for minerals.

What kind of shavings are bad for horses?

Black walnut shavings are a toxic bedding for horses. The innermost wood of the black walnut causes toxicity after oral or skin contact. Bedding containing as little as 20 percent fresh black walnut shavings made from old or new wood can cause toxicity.

What type of shavings are bad for horses?

Black walnut shavings or sawdust can give your horse laminitis within a few hours of his hooves touching the black walnut. You might also see horses develop fevers and colic-like signs. Even bedding or shavings that contain under 20% black walnut can induce laminitis in your horse.