Thursday, January 26, 2017

Why do horses sometimes eat their own poop?

Horses sometimes will, yes, eat their own poop. Unlike rabbits, they don't do this as a routine thing.

They generally engage in coprophagy if they are not getting enough fiber or if their hindgut balance is off - after all, horses can't eat yogurt to fix things.

Poop eating can also be caused by a mineral or protein deficiency. Or just plain boredom.

Coprophagy is, however, normal in unweaned foals - it's believed that this is how they get their gut populated with good bacteria in the first place, by eating their mother's poop.

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