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        02-01-2009, 11:12 PM
    Originally Posted by CacheDawnTaxes    
    I think adding minerals is always a good idea. Whatever their body doesn't need or use they will pee out so there is no harm done. My horses always got supplements. Not my horse is out in a pasture with other horses and I board so getting a new black is not an appealing thing to me but if I had my own place I would get one :)

    This is not true - Horses will not "pee out" the minerals. Horses can get too much selenium which is about as bad as not having enough selenium.

    You need to contact your vet and ask if your area is deficient in certain minerals. In Michigan, selenium deficiency is a big problem, but not necessarily in your area. And, you have to be careful not to give them too much or it can be toxic.

    I would suggest asking your vet - they should know what problems you have in your specific location. And, they can suggest what you should do.
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        02-03-2009, 06:31 PM
    We give our horses a choice of mineral block and a salt block. Both only cost about $3 a block, but they don't need any fancy minerals as long as their not a old, young, or heavly worked horse. Hope this helps!!
        02-04-2009, 08:34 PM
    This topic came up on another forum I read not too long ago. Only there, the big consensus was pro-minerals and there were a lot of convincing arguments about it. I had always kept a mineral block handy for my boys and some used it more than others; however, I read somewhere that the blocks are designed more for the roughness of a cow's tongue and the horse can lick until his tongue is raw if he has a deficiency. Made sense to me as it takes months for these boys to make a dent in the block (the ones our feed store sells say they're for cattle and horses). Most of what I read said the best option was to offer loose minerals. I bought a bag of the loose minerals and started adding a small amount to their feed; one loved it, two didn't seem to care, and one wouldn't touch the bottom layer of feed in his bucket when the minerals were in there (and he's the one that uses the block the most!). So I got a small tub and affixed it to the wall, put some of the loose minerals in it for free-choice, but kept the block as well. The boys seem to enjoy this arrangement; there's a small enough amount in the tub that they can't get too much, and it makes it easy to monitor how fast they go through it. Just my two cents.

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