Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Central Oregon, USA
Ask a vet if you should get a plain salt block, or if there is mineral deficiencies. I have always left out the brownish red blocks with extra minerals that the soil lacks around here.
The mare I am keeping for a friend didn't have salt for 4 years and the first thing she did when let loose, before even checking out her new pasture mate, was licking the salt block for about 10 minutes straight (followed by draining half the water trough, lol).
SO in short, yes, horses need free choice salt, and sometimes salt/mineral blocks.