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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
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!
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