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post #21 of 27 Old 12-14-2010, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by RedTree View Post
Mom2Pride- loose minerals do you give them in the feed or somewhere else?

I have never fully gotten the aspect of added minerals but I want to get some for my boy now and just trying to weigh out the options.
I have a bucket that I put the mineral in...I only put like 2 cups at a time, just to ensure it's not going to all get spoiled by rain or anything else that may get in there...I check it a couple of times a week, and change it when there is too much hay, or if there are ANY bugs in it! Also change it if it gets damp, just to be sure! At first this summer when I was finally able to get more after moving, she went through alot, but now, she's not going through as much.

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post #22 of 27 Old 12-14-2010, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by AlexS View Post
Sorry if I was snippy Mom2pride, I didn't mean to be.
It's okay...I don't tend to take things too personally

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post #23 of 27 Old 12-14-2010, 09:49 PM
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I give my guys the Purina Nature's Essentials 12:12 also. It lasts probably 6 months to a year. I think it's up to around $30 in price though. But as long as it lasts, it's worth it for my piece of mind. Because I know if the horses want it, it's there.

Now I have a friend who put one out whose horses at it in like 2 weeks! But they had never had one before, so I think that's why. She bought a second one and it is lasting longer.

I also give my guys white salt blocks.
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post #24 of 27 Old 12-16-2010, 10:21 PM
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We have a white and brown salt block and a mineral block. They seem to like the mineral block the best but got to each one of them and never seem to over do it.

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post #25 of 27 Old 10-16-2016, 08:24 PM
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I'm very happy to see this conversation. I have been wrestling with some questions and concerns. First time horse caregiver! My vet, whom I trust completely, has recommended that all pastures have three blocks: salt, trace mineral (which also has salt), and complete mineral. The complete mineral block will have vitamins in addition to the same things as the trace mineral block. If all three are offered, then the horses are able to choose only what they need and not have to consume MORE than what they need in order to get a particular thing. This makes perfect sense to me, so I'm all for it. HOWEVER, when I went to Tractor Supply to look for a "complete mineral block", I found nothing labeled quite that way. Closest thing they have is the DuMor Horse Block. My vet was not familiar with that label, but after confirming that it had the vitamins she was looking for, she said it was a good option for the complete mineral block. BUT, I'm pretty sure she didn't realize that the second ingredient was molasses, and that it has all kinds of other tasty things. The way they're going nuts over this thing, I'm convinced that they will gobble this up whether they're deficient in any minerals/vitamins or not. After comparing it with EquiMin's block, I realize how very different they are, and I feel sure that the EquiMin is what the doc had in mind! Luckily, we found a leftover 25 lb bucket of granular EquiMin in the barn, so I think we may just offer that free choice, or I may put a daily dose on top of my pony's grain. Anyway, here's a link to the SS block if you live in an area served by SS!
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post #26 of 27 Old 10-17-2016, 06:43 AM
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It has been shown that horses get extremely little from blocks at all, and 'mineral blocks' are not well balanced either, generally. If the horse 'pigs out' on a mineral block, chomping it quickly, it's generally due to molasses/grain content. So I'd also put out/feed loose salt(I like unrefined sea salt, because it's got other minerals in it too) and then I'd look for a mineral mix that was appropriate to the horse's diet/environment(assuming diet is mostly 'high desert' native), and feed that regularly.
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post #27 of 27 Old 10-17-2016, 11:23 PM
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I just use a white salt block. I also give electrolytes and an other supplement Nimble Mega nutrient daily. My horse goes through about a one lb. block of white salt in 2 weeks.
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