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Lessons from the Farm

What we’ve learned can help you care for your horses and return the happiness they bring you.

Information from Our Horse Experts

Animal experts at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center share their knowledge about horses.

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What is coprophagy in horses?
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Coprophagy, or eating manure, is normal in young horses from 5 days to 2 months of age. Foals typically eat their mothers’ manure but occasionally consume their own or an unrelated adult’s feces. This practice is more common in foals confined to stalls than those on pasture and is uncommon after 6 months of age. However, some adult horses may also eat their manure, often because of a protein-deficient diet. Even some adult horses with adequate protein and well-balanced diets — usually stabled horses and more often young stallions — will eat their manure.


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