The Dirty Truth: Why Horses Eat Soil

Though many horse owners worry something is amiss in an equine diet when their horse is sampling soil, it’s not uncommon for horses to nibble dirt. A natural activity, dirt is a part of the equine diet, says Dr. Amy Gill, for the following reasons:

  • Dirt contains microbes that benefit the equine digestive system.
  • Dirt contains both salt and water, which will help a horse stay hydrated.
  • Dirt has coarse particles that help grind down horse’s teeth.
  • Dirt, specifically clay, contains absorbent particles that can bind with toxins that may be causing an upset stomach.
  • Dirt contains fiber in the form of leaves, bark and stems of plants.

Read more about the power of dirt at Equiforce.

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