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post #1 of 9 Old 06-02-2014, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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mineral blocks?

So my gelding is a pretty easy keeper and doesn't need grain.
He's on hay and pasture (decent amount of grass) currently
I'm wondering what kind of supplement I could buy that's safe to leave out to him to eat on (vitamin/ mineral wise)

I know trace mineral blocks are useless and for cows so looking for one that's designed more for horses. Literally just minerals and vitamins he needs, and I'll keep loose salt available so he can get that when needed.

I'm in Texas and his hay is mostly coastal.

Anyone know anything like this?
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Coastal hay is fed a lot in FL also.

Being you leave out loose salt you could try leaving out loose minerals and vitamins as well in a separate bucket/pan. It'll be hard to find one that's not trace mineral though, if you go for a block.

I like Valley Vet for their prices and variety in products and sizes offered. Some of the ones I've heard good things about are:
Clovite, made by Pfizer
Mega-Cell (for grass/ grass hay diets.) made by Med-vet Pharmaceuticals
Barn bag, made by Life Data Labs
Maxum Crumbles, made by Horse Health
horse-Manna, made by Manna Pro
Free balance 12:12 crumbles, made by Purina.

There are other choices out there but those are a few I've heard good things about. You could also ask a vet or feed store associate about good vitamin and mineral supplements.
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Depending on what he's getting & what he needs, leaving salt & loose minerals out can be good... in theory at least, or pretty useless. Many horses won't/hardly touch straight mins & loose salt, and if you leave a palatable mix(you can get yummy powdered 'RB's), your horse may eat it all in one sitting & OD himself. I also like to know how much of what they're getting & you have no idea whether it's too much or not enough if you just leave it for them. I feed mine mins appropriate for their diet/grazing, in a couple of handfuls of copra meal. or grain free pellets.
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Sorry to hijack the thread a bit,

Loosie, when you say grain free pellet, could I ask what it's made from? I've been interested in finding carriers for supplements et cetera that were grain free. I know we're in different countries, but if I have some idea of what to look for that would be great. The only other things I've been able to find that were grain free were alfalfa or hay pellets. Not that I've done a very extensive search, LOL.
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I bought some of the free balance 12:12 crumbles. Well see how this works.
He at what I put out. So I put a bit more and he didn't eat it. Good, just making sure he's not going to od himself. It says horses usually eat 2 ounces of it daily. So I'll probably put that out daily. This way I know he's not pigging out
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Sounds good Janna. I'd only put out the recommended amount anyways, and at least this way you know he'll eat it when offered.
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Yeah it says you can leave quite a bit out and they they may eat more or less depending on what they need but I just don't trust leaving it out like that. This stuff smells pretty good
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Yeah, I'm always a bit cautious about leaving anything other than hay out. We have a ton of raccoons and opossums around here and I'm always worried about rabies and EPM. Even leaving hay out makes me a bit nervous, LOL, you never know what you might find in the hay the next day.
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As a side note - mineral/salt blocks weren't designed for horses, they were designed for cows with much rougher tongues. Many horses won't lick salt licks or eat too much off them, and most don't get enough salt off of them because of their significantly "softer" tongues that makes it hard for them to get enough salt. If you want to put out salt- just buy some loose salt!
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