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        05-25-2012, 12:14 AM
    Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
    I think horses are supposed to be fed plain salt and not the iodized (table) salt. Can't recall why - maybe because of the added iodine?
    Considering the added iodine is what the difference is, there's a fair bet it's about that! But depends what your horse is getting out of their diet. Some pastures can be rich enough in iodine, some horses get seaweed meal or other iodine rich supps, but then some diets/soils/pastures are deficient. I personally put out a block of straight rock salt and add seaweed emulsion to their supps, as in my area, pasture is deficient in iodine.
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        05-25-2012, 12:16 AM
    Ok, I can do that. I don't think we are to short on iron but I know we are short in selenium here.
        05-25-2012, 11:24 AM
    Originally Posted by TbLover    
    oh that bringws up another question. My horses do not like a salt block. I bought a large one 6-7 months ago and not even half is gone between three horses. So can you give them regular table salt or is a special type of salt? Oh and it would just be a local hay (orchard,timothy mix)
    I just buy "Fine Stock Salt" at the feed store when I need to buy a bag of salt. Costs me $3 or $4 for a 50 lb bag and that lasts quite a while. If they eat around it, then they are getting enough and I'll skip putting more in until they lick the salt up with their food. I prefer to see a little salt in the bottom of their feeders, I know they've had plenty and it will keep them drinking.

    The orchard part of the hay is the only thing that concerns me, the last orchard hay I got was higher in protein than most alfalfa. The timothy is probably ok, my horses pretty much pick that out and leave it on the ground, LOL!
        05-25-2012, 04:26 PM
    Lol yea, its more timothy then orchard. I hate the look of it as I like the green look but hey. Its a good filler hay but that's about it!

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