Most horses will consume what they need by licking salt licks.
Our vet does not reccomend force feeding salt. He says their is too much room for error...i.e. Giving your horse too much or giving them salt when it is not needed......which he says can result in kidney problems, blood composition imbalance, and circulatory problems.
We provide our horses salt licks in their stalls and in their pasture, and they lick it when they need it. They lick them alot in the summer, not so much in cooler weather, when the salt is not needed.
Hence the wisdom of using salt licks instead of force feeding most horses: salt intake needed varies from day to day and season to season.
Before certain members start with their combative stance, I will state that this is our vet's advice and makes sense to me personally,and so I follow it. Others may do differently for reasons they think sound, and will say "but i've been force feeding my horse salt for 44 yrs. And he/she had none of the above mentioned problems". That's nice and thanks for the input......but some vets reccomend otherwise for the medical reasons they have found more likely to occur if this is done.
Last edited by Beauseant; 06-11-2011 at 06:15 AM.