Is Your Horse Eating Your Barn?

Does your horse eat your barn, stalls, fences and trees? This behaviour not only causes costly damage to your property, but can also create health problems for your horse.

Wood chewing: more than a maintenance nuisance Wood is not a natural component of a horse’s diet. Horses chewing on wooden surfaces will ingest splinters and small pieces of wood. When swallowed, the small splinters pass into the horse’s stomach and through its intestines. The foreign material can lead to colic, and in some cases perforate the intestinal wall, leading to potentially dangerous health problems.

Chips can also get lodged between a horse’s teeth or in its gums. Like a popcorn shell stuck in a person’s teeth, it can cause irritation and infection.

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