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By Marikje van de Water, B.Sc., DHMS.
Don’t confuse cribbing with wood chewing. Some horse can be observed chewing or eating wood, licking dirt, or nibbling on the tails of pasture mates. This behaviour is best known as pica- an appetite for non-nutritive substances.
In most cases , the horses that engage in pica are looking for one or more minerals that are either not supplied in their feeding program or are unavailable in their immediate forage area.
Minerals are required for a number of body functions. For example, Read the rest of this entry »