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    01-20-2011, 07:22 PM
Too Much Salt?

I have recently noticed that my TB gelding is going through his salt block very quickly. He had a fresh 4 pound salt block given to him around Jan 1st, and it is almost completely gone now. I have never known a horse to go through them so quickly. Any idea what might be causing this?
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    01-20-2011, 07:59 PM
If its outside, it may just be melting from the elements.
I too have noticed that my girls seem to spend more time licking the block in the winter. Not sure if that's the reason or not.
Just make sure he has lots of water.
    01-21-2011, 08:26 PM
Could be boredom. Could be nutritional. They can't really get enough from licking a block which is why I offer free choice loose salt.

Tho, I do provide blocks in their feed pans to slow them down while eating and to cure boredom.
    01-21-2011, 09:26 PM
Hmmm....I started mine on the same size block in his stall a little before Jan 1 and he has about 1/3 left. He is in at night only. So yours is going through it a bit quicker.

Is your horse acting normally? Eating, peeing normally? I wouldn't be overly worried. Maybe ask your vet to be safe.
    01-22-2011, 05:33 AM
The salt block is in his stall. He is only outside from 7 am - 2 pm, so he spends 17 hours/day in his stall. Of course, he sleeps for part of that time.

He has two water buckets in his stall, one of which is heated, and the other has any ice removed from it twice daily. He actually kind of likes to play in his water - he's a bit of a weirdo. Haha!

He has been eating normally. He is still in the process of switching feeds - from Whole Oats to Safe Choice. Right now he gets 1.5 cups of each AM & PM, and a cup of Safe Choice at lunch. I'm planning to up his feed, as he's in much more work than he was when I got him. He eats 7 flakes of hay daily.

As for how he is acting, it's hard for me to evaluate, as I have only had him for 8 weeks, as of today. He has been pretty much the same the whole time; he's not your typical TB - he's very relaxed and lazy. He has seemed a little extra lazy recently.
    01-22-2011, 07:10 AM
Originally Posted by Clementine    
He is only outside from 7 am - 2 pm, so he spends 17 hours/day in his stall.
I know that stalled horses are very common, but I wouldn't be surprised at anything a horse does to avoid boredom when stalled 17 hours a day.

In general, though, if he's eating, drinking, and not lethargic, I wouldn't worry.
    01-22-2011, 02:05 PM
Maybe try one of those stall balls things that hold the big treat lick. Maybe that would help out if he's stalled that much.
    01-22-2011, 04:15 PM
Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
I know that stalled horses are very common, but I wouldn't be surprised at anything a horse does to avoid boredom when stalled 17 hours a day.

In general, though, if he's eating, drinking, and not lethargic, I wouldn't worry.
I really wish he could get more pasture time. 17 hours/day in a stall is just so unnatural. But unfortunately, that's the life of a boarded horse. He is on overnight turnout April-October though.

Believe it or not, in my area, this is the stable that offers the most turnout time. Some places only offer 3 hours/day out, and some don't even turnout every day. It's crazy.

He does actually have a stall toy. It's a Likit Tongue Twister.

He doesn't play with it at all...!
    01-22-2011, 04:23 PM
That thing is cool! My horseswould love that!!

Isnt that crzy that he wont play with it... hmmm.

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