My seven month old foal appears to ba addicted to mineral block, it is left in the field for the other horses who lick at it now and again but the minute Kai gets into the field he heads straight for it and licks it for ages he then goes back at it, I counted four times over a five hour period today, he even tried to get through an electric fence to try get at it, will this do him any harm? He also has a salt lick in his stable and he uses this as well but not as often. Could he be deficient in something?
I checked with the supplier and he has lots of experience with horses, he told me that some horses just love the taste and texture as it is mixed with molasses, he said to leave it with him for no longer than a half hour a day, he said it would not do him any harm but he doesn't need to be savaging it either, so its now in the field for half hour a day, I have to wean him off it : )
A breeder around here use to put one of those mineral tubs out for the mares and babies. Found he was having feet problems on some of the young ones, and once he took out the excess sugar from their diets (read molasses) the feet problems went away.
Good idea to restrict him to a short period of time.