12-12-2011, 08:31 PM
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I use them during the summer.
I don't think you can go wrong with them, better safe then sorry.
I feed my mare feeds that are very well balanced with all the things she needs but I also leave a min block and salt block out for her all year round. I also from time to time pour a powerade in her water, I do this not only for the electrolytes but sometimes I have trouble getting her to drink away from home and this is not a good thing for a barrel horse to do at shows but ever since I started adding the powerade to her water at home and away from home she drinks with no issues.(tricks her to think its water from home)
Anyways, most electrolyte supplements are all the same no matter the brand or the price, but it would never hurt, and in the end I would rather feel like I was trying to do all I could do to keep my horse healthy then to not.
As far as the free choice blocks, although I use them all year round to me I prefer a feed through because I know my horse is getting it on a daily basis. My mare use to not show any interest in the free choice block until I put another horse in the pasture with her that loved them.