I've been reading about the option of loose minerals versus the traditional mineral blocks- neither of the horses (my new mare or the existing gelding) want anything to do with the mineral block we have for them but I do think they're lacking in the mineral dept (salt as well- I'm going to buy some loose sea salt tomorrow and see how they like it). We live in an extremely hot and humid climate and it seems like the horses barely drink any water- they might just be acclimated but I don't like it.
Would I need to add loose minerals in addition to the VitaPlus or should that supplement cover it? I saw lots of recommendations for the growstrong minerals but I don't know that I can get them here- but didn't want to double up needlessly.
So far my shopping list is looking like:
Whole flaxseed (bulk)
Loose sea salt for free choice
Red raspberry leaf (bulk) - aka mare magic
Bulk psyllium hull powder - aka sand clear
Loose free choice minerals (?) -maybe-
Currently have canola oil, pellets, garlic and super14 all of which I think are getting phased out.
Grass is holding up well and they get to graze free all day but keeping a few bales of hay on stock for when I pen her at night (it's been necessary for attitude issues ;)
Thanks again for input !