Mineral lick - minimising wastage?

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  • How long would a horse 20kg mineral lick last?

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    02-11-2014, 09:43 PM
Mineral lick - minimising wastage?

My pony currently has a mineral lick block for the first time since we got her. It is the cylinder shape with a hole through the middle where the rope goes to hang it up. Similar to this shape: Online Horse Supplies - Natural mineral supplement - Himalayan Natural Salt Lick on a Rope
I turn it around each time I go out to see her (agisted) to try and wear it evenly, but she has worn it down to holes in a couple places and i'm not sure how much longer the rope will keep holding it.

What do others do when the mineral/salt lick wont stay on its rope but still has heaps left on it?

Googling. I found a 20kg block (Barastoc Horse Block Mineral Lick 20 kilo | Marlborough Park Saddlery) that looks like it might be a better option next time, although for only 2 ponies I imagine it would last for YEARS, but for now trying to get the most out of what I've already bought.
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    02-11-2014, 09:51 PM
Also, I reckon it was about 2kg, does it seem excessive that she would have worn it down so much in 2 1/2 months? To start with she just licked and licked and licked, every time I saw her she was licking it, so I think it was a bit of a novelty and she might not go through the next one as quickly. So, on second thoughts, a 20kg one like the Barastock probably wont last that long!!
    02-11-2014, 10:19 PM
I put them in a rubber pan out of the weather. She knows what she needs in the way of salt. It's best to add some table salt to the pan, if you get one. This way she's not forced to eat the minerals as well. Start with 1/2 cup and see how she likes it. Horses on hay seems to need more salt that those on grass. The amount of salt she's eating will settle down as long as it's always available.
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    02-11-2014, 10:23 PM
Horses don't get much from a salt/mineral lick. They can't really get enough just from licking, would have to lick 24/7. Also they're often not well balanced - have little aside from salt & depends what's in the diet as to what may be needed or not for the horse in question. I would suggest doing at least a basic diet analysis & finding a good min/vit supplement that will provide adequate nutrition for your horse. Add it to the feed or if he doesn't need hard feeding, a low dose 'ration balancer' pellet can fit the bill. Particularly if you're concerned about wastage, diet analysis first, because otherwise you don't know how much you're feeding is actually necessary - of course the manufacturers want you thinking it all is...

I provide loose salt free choice, but also add what I feel is needed to the feed.
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    02-11-2014, 10:24 PM
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Wow, a 20 kilo block for 30.95? That is about 44lbs, very high priced for our area

We get a 50lb square block at the farm supply for 12.00

One block in the pasture generally last 4 horses about 2 months, maybe 6-7 weeks in the rainier seasons.....

    02-11-2014, 10:27 PM
^You're in US... everything's dear retail over here
    02-11-2014, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by loosie    
^You're in US... everything's dear retail over here
Do local feed stores or farm supply stores have them cheaper?

I always wanted to move to OZ, but I would go broke with prices like that

If I ever get to go, guess it would be for a short visit unless I win the lottery, but I do not play the lottery

    02-11-2014, 10:45 PM
I could buy a $12 block, no problem. But I buy a well-balanced $50 block and it shows on our herd.
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    02-12-2014, 03:50 AM
Dunno Southern, I don't recall them being very dear, but then I haven't used them for well over 10 years, because they aren't much chop. I don't know about different qualities available - don't think I appreciated that when I used to use them. I agree with hemms that you tend to get what you pay for with supps generally, that a *good* nutritional supp may be substantially more outlay, but the effects & amount needed are superior. Eg. You can get 20kg bags of 'ration balancer' for around $30, but I have (don't currently) paid up to $150 for a bag of KER pellets, but I only had to feed 60g a day for the big horses, so it was economical in the long run.
    02-12-2014, 04:03 AM
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Crushing them into smaller pieces and leaving them in a feeder helps immensely.
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