Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Northern Michigan
First, congratulations in horse ownership!! I have salt/mineral block in my mare's feeder at all times - it replaces some of the nutrients she would get out in the wild. Read the label, however, and choose one with the least amount of iodine content, as apparantly too much is harmful.
As far as sand, what you heard about is called, "Sand Colic", and it is deadly! There are a few simple things you can do to prevent it - Go to your local feed store, (mine is Tractor Supply Company), and you can buy a large tub of pellets called, "Sand-Aid" or something comparable. One tasty scoopful, once a day for a week in your horse's feed could save it's life. Another option, is Metamucil (or whatever store brand) once a day for one week....
I do this religiously, and it is worth the effort!!! Good luck with your horse, and enjoy!! :)