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    05-30-2011, 11:43 PM
HORSE HEALTH: Salt licks

Hey guys :)

I bought a big mineral lick thingy for my horses, and I know it improves their health, but just wondering... in what way?
Moo-moo is addicted to it and dived right into it, and marlea was like, ok what do I do with this thing!!??
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    05-30-2011, 11:48 PM
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Salt is a mineral that horses, and people, lose when we sweat. It also incurages horses to drink water.
    05-31-2011, 01:21 PM
Bump for OP (after moving from different subforum).
    05-31-2011, 01:33 PM
Salt/mineral licks are a very important part of horse care, IMO. They provide things your horse needs, especially when it is hot, but ALL year round. Like us, horses need potassium, magnesium, and of course ....salt. Sweating causes us and them to lose these things at a greater level than is sometimes safe. Even if it is cool and the horse isn't sweating, their diet can be lacking in these minerals....which is why it is a good idea to have one available all the time.

The fact that moo moo loved the lick is a good indicator that he/she needs one or more of these minerals/salt.

You did a good thing in providing one for your horses.
    05-31-2011, 07:10 PM
Moo will probably slow down with it once he gets to have normal levels of minerals. Unless it's a flavoured one? In which case he may eat it like candy...
    05-31-2011, 08:36 PM
No moo-moos cooled off now :)
Question... do donkeys need it too, and is it ok if it gets wet from the rain?
    06-01-2011, 12:58 AM
Oh how I wish I could have a salt block in my geldings stall! He ripped the metal holder off the wall, broke the stainless steel and all. In feed bin? Nope, he either puts it in his water bucket or on the ground to smash to bits.
...There's a big salt/mineral block in his turnout and he's out there 9 hours during the day..think that is sufficent? I never see him licking it and for the 3 months before he killed his holder hardly any was missing.
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    06-01-2011, 11:15 PM
Yes, horses need to replace the salt they loose through sweating and have a Daily amount that they need to function properly (also the iodine in the salt for their thyroid)

There are now studies my veterinary hospitals that show most horses to be deficient in sodium

I give my horse LOOSE iodized salt. Yes the same kind you find in the grocery store of they even have HUGE bags in TSC or other feed stores.

The reason I give LOOSE is because salt licks were originally made for cattle who have ROUGH tongues (kinda like a cat) so when they lick a block of salt they get more than a horse can because horses have SMOOTH tongues (like dogs) so they usually get less salt than they need )

That is why I give my horse loose because it is easier and faster for him to get the amount he needs.
    06-01-2011, 11:17 PM
Ok but I want to know if they can get wet in the rain, because we have rain a lot and not any shelter?
    06-01-2011, 11:21 PM
They can get wet, but they will start to dissolve in the rain and wet weather.

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