My new mare arrived from KY on Monday and as soon as she got out of the trailer all she wanted to do was lick the dirt and once she got into her new stall all she wanted to do is lick the metal on her stall bars. Do these behaviors point to anything specific that she may be lacking in her diet?
Her previous owner said she was fed half grass half alfalfa and she was also on pasture... I saw the hay she had been eating and it was really yucky - looked like cattle hay/straw.
I started her right away on good quality meadow grass and alfalfa 3x per day as well as about 2 lbs of LMF low NSC stage 1 (I had it on hand ) dressed with forco (one scoop) (she had some diarrhea in the trailer) and red rock salt (loose) 1 scoop. Her manure was solid and looked fine in less than 1 day of arriving... I also dewormed her today - she was last dewormed 11/27 with Ivermectin.
So why is she licking everything and is what I'm feeding her going to help/be adequate? Oh and in case it matters... she is a coming 4 yr old Rocky Mtn horse maybe 800 lbs and 14.3 hh.
here she is upon arriving to my house