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why has my 24 year old horse eating horse poo

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why has my 24 year old horse eating horse poo
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Horse
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Steve replied 3 years ago.
Hi, I'm Dr Steve. I am sorry it has taken so long for someone to get back to you. As horses age, they can develop some unusual problems and behaviors. In her case, and from your description of her condition, I would be concerned that she may not be getting adequate nutrition and she may be trying to meet her nutritional needs by eating stools. Of course there is nothing nutritious in horse stools, but in her mind and in an attempt to meet her needs she may be eating them in the search for what she is missing. With that said, I am not insinuating that you are not feeding her, but with age, horses can develop internal organ failures like liver, pancras and kidney. When this occurs a horse can continue to eat her normal diet and the organs responsibility for digesting the feed may not be working properly and she may not be getting the nutrition from the feed. One approach would be to feed her a "senior " diet that may be supplying more nutrition that what she is eating now. If this is hte case she should stop this behavior in 7-10 days. Another moore medically appropriate approach would be to have your vet examine her and collect a blood sample to check the internal organs to see how they are working. I hope this has helped. This question will remain accessible even after you have rated my answer in case you have more questions. THanks for your question and good luck .