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        06-25-2014, 04:45 PM
    Originally Posted by Clava    
    I do too and don't worry too much about selenium. We have a feed called Fast Fibre that if you fed at the correct amount as a hay replacer would actually mean a very high level of selenium.
    Good to know I don't need to worry thanks everyone!
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        08-24-2014, 10:19 AM
    Originally Posted by amigoboy    
    If the horse is not licking the block then it does not need it......yet.
    Not true. There tongues are soft and it is difficult for them to lick enough to get daily requirements. I have had a block that is lasting for years and just started feeding loose salt and some issues dissappeared relating to salt intake.
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        08-24-2014, 10:21 AM
    Originally Posted by amigoboy    
    I and the Old Timers have had hard working horses all our lives and never gave out horses extra salt.......they did just fine.

    How do you Think wild horse get their salt?
    pasture has changed over the years with too many horses in a small area and chemicals.
        08-24-2014, 06:21 PM
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    Amigoboy- ever try licking something, even a smooth block, 30-40 times in succession? Or licking salt in general? That is what it takes for a horse to get enough salt from those things, and licking salt repeatedly can irritate a tongue. A salt block is better than no salt at all but a bowl of loose salt or loose salt in feed is a much easier way to put it into their bodies- especially since many people use salt to encourage horses to drink more in the summer. My brown filly NEVER drank enough and lived in hot, humid south Texas where she was constantly drenched in sweat. She has the dehydration hips and was lerthargic with VERY dark, thick pee so I started adding 1 tbs per feed to MAKE her thirsty and her water intake increased by 10 gallons with just that amount. She immediately filled out and became her normal self. Some animals just aren't smart enough to know what they need and what they don't. Clearly she needed more water but she didn't go get it even though there was cool fresh water always available!
        08-24-2014, 06:57 PM
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    Originally Posted by churumbeque    
    Not true. There tongues are soft and it is difficult for them to lick enough to get daily requirements. I have had a block that is lasting for years and just started feeding loose salt and some issues dissappeared relating to salt intake.
    I've always used a mineral block. My horses tear it up. I've never noticed sore or raw tongues.
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        08-27-2014, 11:13 AM
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    I bought a 50# bag of salt that bakers use. (It was at the feed store convienently when I went to get grain!) I feed 2 tablespoons a day to my older gelding who didn't drink much before. Plus he sweats during very hot weather, plus the occasional case of slobbers. Ugh. He coliced last year when I got him from dehydration. (New barn+slobbers+not drinking=bad!!)

    Needless to say the salt has helped him out a lot. He gets 1 tablespoon am and 1 tablespoon pm. I see him drinking a lot more and he still will occasionally lick the salt block outside.

    I am debating putting my new mare on salt though. She has been going crazy over her salt block in her stall.
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        08-31-2014, 09:53 AM
    Originally Posted by amigoboy    
    Strange, it hasnīt tricked mine, they still lick their blocks.
    They need more than what they can lick is the point.
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        08-31-2014, 09:57 AM
    Originally Posted by amigoboy    
    That is exactly my Point!!
    They can wander many miles in their foreging burning calories and minerals...yet they survive very well without supplementing.
    So why on Earth would a horse doing nothing but standing around all day need it?
    If you opened up your mind you might actually learn something.
        08-31-2014, 10:00 AM
    Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
    Given a choice, a horse will take what salt it needs.

    I leave a salt block, the size of a house brick and a chunk of rock salt in their mangers. Some horses will lick the brick and others will prefer the rock.

    To say a horse will not lick because it is rough is probably wrong. They just do not need it.
    Not true. Some horses don't like to lick it while others may like to. Even those that lick it have a tough time getting enough salt from it.
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        08-31-2014, 10:22 AM
    Originally Posted by Honeysuga    
    I've always used a mineral block. My horses tear it up. I've never noticed sore or raw tongues.
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