My horse, nearly 4, digs holes. Not just little holes but sometimes 1 - 2' wide and maybe 6'' deep. He has plenty to eat, hay, grass etc, a companion and other horses around. He also paws the ground when he eats and can do the same when he gets bored.
Anyone else seen this? Any ideas why he does this? thanks
Post by 2 bays & a grey:D on Jun 26, 2011 0:41:47 GMT 1
Mine are doing this in the new field, I have never seen them do it before and I have no idea if they eat it, there was already a huge hole in the field from the previous field, I think McGyver may be the culprit.
Bailey does this, he started when he saw us swweping up acorns and came over and stared pawing at the ground. the hole he dug then ended up about 3 feet round and nearly a foot deep. Now he as found a better spot to dig where it is sandy and tree roots don't get in the way. That spot is now probably getting on for 8 feet round and around 2 feet deep along the back. He doesn't try to eat/lick anything but he does roll in them and will sleep in the large hole he has made too.
edit: 2 feet deep is big enough, 32 feet deep would need the fire brigade to get out of!
Hi all, thanks for replies. I am very glad there are others that do this, i was beginning to think he was the only horses that did this as i have seen nor heard of it before. He doesnt eat the soil, but on occassion i have seen him eating roots that he digs up. And thanks for article shammers - i will take a look at that.