for a while now we wonder why this winter the droppings are spread out rather than on a nice pile relatively easy to remove....
Since the dentist was here and we soak the oats now there are no undigested grains in it - so we ruled out the birds as culprits.
But then the other day we watched Leeroy the little stallion eating from a fresh dropping of Claire and scratching the rest apart!! Later we've seen Claire doing it as well which she never did before! We were quite shocked - we know it is quite normal in dogs even though malnutrition might be the reason for some dogs others just do it for "gourmet" reasons.... gross but normal.
So we searched the internet and found that feral horses do so and it is a normal behaviour for them too. They say it is needed for some gut-bacteria.
So it seems those little "wild" ponies brought an ancient behaviour into the herd.
Not very welcomed I must say...
Have you seen this in your horse(s)?
So in terms of worm-egg prevention it seems quite useless now to remove the droppings - we would need to stand next to the horses 24/7 and the spreading makes it so much harder to remove it.
Has anyone experience with those manure-sweeper machines for tractors?
Are they any good? Do they work when everything is frozen?