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post #1 of 27 Old 12-12-2010, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Salt or Minderal Block?

I live in the High Desert (Lancaster, CA) Should I be providng my horse with a alt and/or mineral block? Thanks...
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post #2 of 27 Old 12-13-2010, 01:49 AM
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I always provide a loose mineral (preferance) for my horses, no matter where I am at.

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I give both, the salt block lasts for about a year, the mineral block, just a few days, so I give him one every 3-4 months as I don't know if it is a need or just tasty! The way he chomps on it, I think it is tasty.
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If you're only giving it every couple of months, it could very well be "need" not just "tasty"...Regardless, I would make sure he has access at all times, not just every couple of months...or try a loose mineral, which at first he may do the same thing as the mineral blocks, but once he gets his fill he will almost seem to not touch it at all, because they normally only keep at it if they need it.

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I don't really agree. I have a salt block out all the time, I also have a mineral block such as this, which he hardly ever uses

Himalayan Salt - Mineral Supplements from SmartPak Equine

but as soon as I put this out he munches through it in no time.

DuMOR Horse Block, 33.3 lb. - 2222276 | Tractor Supply Company

He is well cared for, and not just well loved. I am not an idiot, however if you disagree, please let me know, as he seems to think of it as a treat. I can't imagine it would be good to give him this constantly as he would eat it constantly.
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I don't really agree. I have a salt block out all the time, I also have a mineral block such as this, which he hardly ever uses

Himalayan Salt - Mineral Supplements from SmartPak Equine

but as soon as I put this out he munches through it in no time.

DuMOR Horse Block, 33.3 lb. - 2222276 | Tractor Supply Company

He is well cared for, and not just well loved. I am not an idiot, however if you disagree, please let me know, as he seems to think of it as a treat. I can't imagine it would be good to give him this constantly as he would eat it constantly.
Did I say anything about him not being cared for...I mean really? No, I offered suggestions BASED on your previous post...

As far as the DuMOR block, I've tried those with the same result you experience...I think it's the molasses...they smell very good (I want to lick em!)

I give my horses a 'plain' type loose mineral, with no molasses, or anything else that may tempt a horse just to eat it because it's sweet. While I don't think it's inherently harmless if they DO eat it rapidly, I don't think it's necessarily a "good thing" either, you know?

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My horses have both a mineral block and a plain white block accessible to them.


That block Alex linked to has Molasses pretty far up the list. They are not eating it because they need minerals, they are eating it because it is sweet and tastes good.
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My horses have both a mineral block and a plain white block accessible to them.


That block Alex linked to has Molasses pretty far up the list. They are not eating it because they need minerals, they are eating it because it is sweet and tastes good.
Exactly my thoughts

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