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post #1 of 17 Old 07-20-2012, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Experiences with Himalayan Salt Lick?

Has anyones horse not liked the himalayan salt lick?

My horse is picky and doesn't like his white salt lick. He actually broke the salt lick holder and salt lick by itching on it. I think it's important he has salt available so I want to replace it and was thinking of trying the himalayan salt lick hoping he might like it better and actually use it. But before I spend the extra money on the himalayan salt lick I wanted to hear other peoples experience.
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-21-2012, 04:46 AM
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If he needed extra salt, he wouldn't be so 'picky' I reckon. I like the hymalayan rock salt because it's straight salt and it's a rock, so lasts much longer, which is helpful when you have to leave it in the weather & your horse hardly touches it - mine generally get enough salt from their diet, so only occasionally lick it.
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post #3 of 17 Old 07-21-2012, 09:34 AM
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I was under the impression those Hymilayan rocks wouldnt disolve in rain, but nope couple good rainstorms wash em away. I just nailed up the block hangers so they are just inside the barn over hang and out of the rain. Get the flavored ones from TSC, I wouldnt pay extra for the "natural " blocks. I bet they are pressed together in a mold in china anyways. I have white and the flavored red ones. The white one was hanging up forever was going to replace it with a flavored one, but I got back from an endurance ride and my horse bee lined for that white block. That told me he knew exactly where it was, knew what it was, and knew what he needed. It also told me he was probably getting plenty of electrolyte in his regular feed and grass. Now that it has been hot I noticed they are hitting it alot more.
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post #4 of 17 Old 07-21-2012, 09:56 AM
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I don't know about the Himalayan salt, but our horses like the trace mineral rocks better than the regular blocks.

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post #5 of 17 Old 07-21-2012, 10:26 AM
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Research has proven that horses will ingest far more salt when it's presented as loose salt. I've known this for years but just as an observer and not an established researcher. Their preference is course pickling salt altho I do add about a third iodized in a weather proof container. Their trace mineral lick is in the barn and is three years old and only half consumed. The licks work for the raspy cattle tongue whereas a horse gets a sore tongue.
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post #6 of 17 Old 07-21-2012, 10:35 AM
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joe: Flavored ones aren't the real Himalayan salt rocks... It's made of himalayan salt I'm sure, but the flavoring process tends to make it weaker. It's like a salt block rather than a salt rock.
OP: Use electrolytes every so often if you want to. Or keep loose salt for him. Salt blocks can make their tongues sore on some horses and they won't want to use them. Loose salt solves that problem.
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post #7 of 17 Old 07-21-2012, 08:14 PM
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sorry wasn't very clear. The flavored I was talking about was the square brick sized blocks from tractor supply, The hymilaians look like natural shaped rocks. I still doubt they arnt just molded rocks. I mean these are the people selling us radioactivce drywall, poisoned dogfood, and lead laced childrens toys.
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OMG! What a cynic you are Joe!
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post #9 of 17 Old 07-21-2012, 08:27 PM
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yep just a scam, marketing hype, the blocks were coming out of Pakistan, now lots of other places jumping on the bandwagon. Iron oxide making them red, also all kinds of impurities, those blocks could have anything in them including common road salts just poured in a mold. Nothing in them a basic feed store salt block or mineral mix block doesnt have.
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Oh! I don't care where they're from, what colour they are, but the reasons I was buying them is because I thought they were *just salt* and they're cheap & last way longer in the weather....
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