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    12-30-2011, 01:29 PM
salt / mineral block

Which is the best one for horses ? I hear so many differing opinions. We will be in the feed store today so thought I would ask
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    12-30-2011, 01:30 PM
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    12-30-2011, 02:13 PM
Green Broke
Mineral block. My horses always have one in their pasture...The salt block only encourages drinking, while the mineral block not only encourages drinking but also gives the horse nutrients he may be missing in his diet.
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    12-30-2011, 02:45 PM
Agreed with DrumRunner :) Also it may be best to get one that attatches onto the wall/fence etc as some horses can be spooked by the free hanging ones. I found this out the hard way

    12-30-2011, 02:47 PM
Green Broke
I like the new ones that look like actual rocks-they are a bit pricey though, but my horses sure like them.
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    12-30-2011, 04:52 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
I like the new ones that look like actual rocks-they are a bit pricey though, but my horses sure like them.
Really? I saw those but I was afraid to try one out. Hickory likes to scrape his teeth across the block and I don't want him to hurt his teeth or mouth on a pointy edge..I might try one if you've had good results with it though.
    12-30-2011, 05:28 PM
Great thanks! Do you guys test your hay/pasture grass to make sure you aren't doubling up on some minerals ?
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    12-30-2011, 05:31 PM
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Not usually..My stepmom's dad grows all of our hay so we know exactly what it is and everything..
    12-30-2011, 06:07 PM
I think it depends on the horse. If your horse is easily dehydrated then i'd go for salt as it encourages drinking, but I generally think that a mineral lick does more good xx
    12-30-2011, 06:50 PM
Thanks drumrunner, I was being told I HAD to, but we know what grows there as we seeded it!
We have both a salt and mineral block so we are covered.
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