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post #1 of 82 Old 06-22-2014, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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My mare doesn't touch her mineral block so was thinking about giving loose salt and minerals. I remember reading somewhere that you can give table salt (like the kind you get at the grocery store). But I don't remember all of the details. Can someone enlighten me please? Thanks!
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I do know you have to be careful giving loose salt like that
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I actually just picked up some salt for my girls tonight at the grocery store lol...good timing

From my understanding pure sea salt is the best to give them, but regular table salt w/o iodine is fine. Can't remember the exact reason for no iodine but I think its because they make enough of it on their own and you can easily over supplement (don't quote me).

Dose will depend on the the horse but most recommendations say 2 tablespoons per day if putting it in their feed, loose being most ideal so they can eat whenever necessary.
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You can either leave out loose salt for your horse or add it to their feed. If you add it to the feed, continue to leave out a salt block or loose salt in case more is needed.

Table salt is fine. You can get either iodized or plain/non-iodized table salt, which one you'd pick would ideally depend on how much iodine your horse is getting from other sources, though this can be hard to know since it's rarely included in the guaranteed analysis of feeds. When in doubt, go for the plain salt.

It's generally cheaper to buy a large bag from the feed store than smaller containers from the grocery store, though.
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You can either leave out loose salt for your horse or add it to their feed. If you add it to the feed, continue to leave out a salt block or loose salt in case more is needed.

Table salt is fine. You can get either iodized or plain/non-iodized table salt, which one you'd pick would ideally depend on how much iodine your horse is getting from other sources, though this can be hard to know since it's rarely included in the guaranteed analysis of feeds. When in doubt, go for the plain salt.

It's generally cheaper to buy a large bag from the feed store than smaller containers from the grocery store, though.
Good to know how large are the bags and what's the average price? We have whole sale stores here so I can buy bulk really cheap as compared to the small containers from the grocery store.
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If the horse is not licking the block then it does not need it......yet.
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I've always been told to feed non-iodised salt to horses. Mine get 1tbsp epsom salts each day. They won't touch mineral blocks either, cause the blocks are too rough on their tongue after a while of licking at it

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If the horse is not licking the block then it does not need it......yet.
I disagree actually. Mineral blocks are designed for rough cattle tongues. Some horses won't even touch them. She likes the loose mineral I tried from a friend. I'm pretty confident in knowing my horse
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Horses cannot get enough salt from a lick, their tongues are not designed for it. The traditional dose of salt was always a tablespoon a day in feeds. I feed 2 tablespoons of common table salt as this is the only thing that stops my horse headshaking! (it reduces K levels).

High potassium forage such as clover will actually "trick " the horse's body into think it does not need salt so they do not use a lick.
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I disagree actually. Mineral blocks are designed for rough cattle tongues. Some horses won't even touch them. She likes the loose mineral I tried from a friend. I'm pretty confident in knowing my horse
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Then you bought the wrong mineral block, lick your thum and feel the texture.
I hang out both Salt and Mineral blocks for the guys, let them choose, notice the big guy works on the mineral more than the old mare who preferrs the salt.
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