The same questions keep coming up for me whenever I read threads pertaining to electrolytes...so instead of hijacking a thread, I'll ask my questions here:
Basically, what makes electrolytes so much more "special" than just loose salt?
I feed loose salt as a top dressing for my mare's ration balancer [Triple Crown 30%] and, depending on the temperature/humidity of the day, she gets between 1tbsp and 4-5tbsp salt daily.
Do electrolytes really help? Is loose salt just fine on its own? Should
I be feeding a 'real' electrolyte?
Or, since she's on an RB, would that get redundant? Are the minerals and such in an electrolyte mix super different than the minerals in an RB?
Seriously, I know nothing. Couldn't tell, could you?
I've noticed a real improvement in her ability to deal with the heat since adding salt and since she, generally, deals terribly with heat anyway...any improvement is great!