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post #11 of 13 Old 07-25-2013, 10:22 AM
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I wouldn't worry about having a mineral block. Even if it had enough mineral to help with a deficiency (and it doesn't- the whole 4lb block has 6g of zinc, 4g of iron, 4g of manganese, and less than 1g of copper) they wouldn't help a mineral imbalance.

There's no scientific evidence that horses are able to self-regulate any mineral aside from salt, but even if they could, you'd have to provide separate blocks/powder/pellets of each specific mineral so they could eat only the minerals they needed for them to be able to do so.
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That pretty much takes it back in the same circle as the other thread
I put mineral licks in all my stables (plus separate salt licks) yet only two ever touch them and even then not much - they mostly just gather dust that I have to wash off regularly.
Seems to be the only way to go is to get a soil and hay test done now just to see if it is badly lacking in anything - or really high in iron that could cause the imbalance with zinc & copper
Since your horse isn't out that much you do have to wonder that he/she (sorry lost track of which) is exposed to enough sun for that to cause straightforward bleaching
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That pretty much takes it back in the same circle as the other thread
I put mineral licks in all my stables (plus separate salt licks) yet only two ever touch them and even then not much - they mostly just gather dust that I have to wash off regularly.
Seems to be the only way to go is to get a soil and hay test done now just to see if it is badly lacking in anything - or really high in iron that could cause the imbalance with zinc & copper
Since your horse isn't out that much you do have to wonder that he/she (sorry lost track of which) is exposed to enough sun for that to cause straightforward bleaching
Good question - how much sun exposure DOES it take to bleach out mane/tail hair?

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