Do horses eat the hippo gold bedding?
We are often asked if our bedding is eaten by horses - as in the case of usual filling of fodder? The question is not absolutely stupid, because a lot of literature writes that horses eat not only concentrated and roughage feed, but also wood chips and in extreme cases faeces or soil.
When does the horse first meet hippo gold bedding?
When the horse meets hippo gold for the first time or the bedding is absolutely uninteresting to it or it plays with the bedding, it smells and nibbles it a bit, but only for a short time, because hippo gold extracts the liquids from the horse's mouth and thus it is very unpleasant - just like in humans when biting into flour. The hippo gold surface structure is changed through a specially developed mechanical process (heat treatment) and this makes our straw bedding particularly absorbent, precisely this intense power works in the horse's mouth.
Very curious horses "test" this bedding for days after its initial spreading and it may happen that horse owners become worried that horses could suffer from colic.
Hippo gold can never cause colic
We want to calm all horse owners that hippo gold cannot cause colic.
The only colic that the roughage may cause is the colic of constipation. If the horse eats too much roughage (long straw, hay, usual “filling”), it can really create colic because too many roughage cannot be digested properly, and they gather in the large intestine, and this leads to constipation. Because hippo gold is hydrothermally open it may very well be processed by microorganisms in the gut, and cannot remain for long in the intestine (guts) – if the horse eats the hippo gold.
Hippo gold against water in stool?
Once I have received a strange feedback that a horse eat a large amount of hippo gold bedding, although the horse had good hay available for 24 hours.
The horse had bit away and chewed the sacks that it had access to from the place it was sitting to reach the content, eating of these holes of the size of a football! The intense appetite for gold hippo succumbed later, the horse had problems in the past with water in its stool - with the digestion of roughage. Coarse hay negatively affected the water problems of the ejection - since it has been eating only additional hippo gold, the water problem in the stool has never occurred again.
This story also shows that hippo gold rather cures digestive problems and never causes it.
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