With the grass growing greener and taller every day, the horses have plenty to eat now after a long winter. I watched them try and eat the tiny little bits of grass off the winter landscape for several months, and I realized how hard they are forced to work every day to eat.
Two emotions washed over me every time I saw them working so hard. I am thankful for the abundance of food that I have and how easy it is for me to acquire the food. This one is easily overlooked in our modern times, and the wild horses make me realize how thankful I am. I also learned they never complain or seem upset about the work they must do to survive. I watch all of the social interactions between the horses in the herd, and it is clear they have a bond and are connected.
I noticed they have been eating dirt recently. They started a new mud hole up by the main entrance to the fields a few weeks ago. It is clear that based on tracks and the condition of the landscape, they spend a considerable amount of time here.
Dirt is a normal part of a horse's diet because it is a good source of various minerals. If horses are dehydrated, they will eat dirt with a high salt content to help quench their thirst, but these horses have an endless supply of fresh and clean water, and they are doing this to add variety to their diet.
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