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Foal eating dirt - HELP

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Shelley Housh
Nursing Foal
Username: Sterling_shagyas

Post Number: 12
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Friday, March 30, 2007 - 03:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My 3 wk old foal starting eating the dirt in the turnout. He does not seem to eat it in his stall (next to the turnout). I have 2 salt licks in his stall - plain and mineral added. He nurses well and is starting to nibble on mom's hay, but is not yet interested in her grain. I had a previous 2 yo filly who ended up with sand colic from this practice (at a different stable, though). Is this a normal? Should I be concerned?
 

Kelly Bowman
Breeding Stock
Username: Kelly_b

Post Number: 106
Registered: 06-2006
Posted on Friday, March 30, 2007 - 10:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My week old foal is eating dirt and rocks too! She seems to be exploring her environment with her mouth! We have a grassy pasture and she imitates mom as she tries to eat the grass too. I am not sure if this is normal, but I have been told that they put everything in their mouths!
 

Lori Coleman
Breeding Stock
Username: Editorlady

Post Number: 237
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 11:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Stella is also exploring the whole world--including the people in it--with her mouth! wood, dirt, gates, shoes (she loves shoes), hands (naughty), buckets, you name it.
 

tracey phipps
Weanling
Username: Tracey_p

Post Number: 46
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 07:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

10 day old Magic Evenstar (aka baby dot), also eating, tasting, licking everything around her. Tasting wood, sand, dirt, tips of th grass etc.



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