This is what Beaver Molls has been up to lately.
Please note that all of these photos are from different locations in her stall where she is straight up just eating her way through. What the hell horse?
This chewing has been going on for a few weeks and has honestly baffled me. Mollie has NEVER chewed wood before, never mind to this extent. We tried a Quitt supplement but I had a feeling boredom/being hungry was the actual culprit. You see, at the last barn, Mollie basically lived at a 24/7 buffet. She was never without hay/grass in front of her face and that is no longer the case. She now gets 2 flakes at breakfast, another 2 at lunch, 2 more at dinner, and 1 last flake at night check. The problem is after she's gobbled up this hay (in 10 minutes flat) she just stands around, bored and hungry since she is no longer out on grass. In my opinion, she's also dropped a bit of weight.
|Right after moving to the barn|
|This weekend :(|
We established a plan that we would increase her hay by an additional flake at each meal, just for a month to see what happens. She's also going to get a bit of hay stretcher thrown into her morning and night grain to see if that helps. Mollie has never eaten much grain to begin with so I'm hoping the added forage will be enough to curb her appetite and prevent her from eating the barn.