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post #11 of 17 Old 07-22-2012, 09:47 PM
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Have you tried offering loose salt? My horse hardly touches a block but likes loose salt, which I put in a mineral feeder mounted in his stall next to his waterer.
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post #12 of 17 Old 07-25-2012, 08:53 AM
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At my last barn the backs of the stalls opened to the pasture. One girl bought anhimalayan salt block for her pony. The other horses would wait for the pony to leave his stall then fuss at each other over who got to go on there and lick at the Himalayan salt block. They had to pass TWO salt blocks to get to the ponys stall to lick that one. I'd say the Himalayan salt block was a hit!
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post #13 of 17 Old 07-25-2012, 09:27 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.
We give ours Redmond salt. It still has the "good" stuff in the salt...
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post #14 of 17 Old 07-25-2012, 09:51 AM
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My horses like the trace mineral blocks. I've tried the "rock" salts-they do melt in the rain. So, for me, not worth the extra money.
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post #15 of 17 Old 07-26-2012, 04:47 PM
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Haha, I had a Himalayan salt lick on a rope for my big guy, the next morning the rope was on the floor and the salt lick all over the stable, he was even chewing a piece... The Genius had to drink a LOT!
Yeah... Since then no more salt licks for mister-mister!
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post #16 of 17 Old 07-29-2012, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by verona1016 View Post
Have you tried offering loose salt? My horse hardly touches a block but likes loose salt, which I put in a mineral feeder mounted in his stall next to his waterer.
Sorry haven't been on here in a little bit. I haven't tried the loose salt mostly because I'm not really sure the best way to offer it that he wouldn't knock it over. Also the horses he is out with(they are not mine) are always biting the salt lick so I would think they would attack the loose salt so I'm not sure my horse would ever get to it.
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post #17 of 17 Old 07-29-2012, 08:01 PM
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I use the himalayan salt rocks for my horses, it's in their stalls so no worries about them washing away in the rain...

They lick smoother than regular salt blocks, so they seem to enjoy them more. My mare has white lips and she won't use regular salt blocks in the summer when she's a bit sunburned. My gelding is not picky but he will chomp bites out of a regular salt block. I try to keep one of each for them so they can do what they like, but they both prefer the himalayan ones over the traditional ones.
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