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post #1 of 17 Old 08-07-2020, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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So that other thread about Himalayan salt has got me thinking... What is the "best" salt for a horse? What are the pros and cons?

For example:
Iodine-ized Table Salt can have too much iodine.
Himalayan Salt can have too much iron and may have harmful metals, but does not have ocean pollution stuff since it is mined. Can also be $$$.
"Pure" Sea salt may have ocean pollution stuffs, but may not have those harmful metals.
Non-Iodine-ized Table Salt may have anti-caking agents (sometimes artificial) and something bleaching agents, but does not have iodine.
What are Redmond Salt's pros and cons?

So... now what?
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post #2 of 17 Old 08-07-2020, 10:02 AM
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I feed Redmond Rock Salt. The website lists a guaranteed analysis of what's in it...

91-96% salt
0.35-0.85% calcium
minimum 0.002% phosphorus
minimum 0.06% magnesium
minimum 0.03% potassium
minimum 0.12% sulfur

http://www.redmondequine.com/wp-cont...ckAnalysis.pdf

Cost effective at $12.82 for an 80 day supply. My horses never leave it in their bowls.

1 oz/day, and I did see my horses' water intake increase, which was my original reason for feeding it, especially in the winter when water intake drops and colic risk increases.
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For the amount they need the only mineral that could potentially be an issue is iron and that is if your horse is already getting excessive amounts. The problem comes when they are allowed to consume salt at will AND they eat more than they need in an amount(within reason) that is not offset by water consumption. Depending on the work load and amount of sweating they could need from 2 tablespoons to 4 tablespoons a day - that is roughly a minimum of two pounds a MONTH. If you are putting out a 50 pound block and they are eating it by the chunk then they are likely getting more than they should have BUT if it is not extreme and there is fresh water available at all times then it usually isn't a problem. For one horse with weather exposure that block should last at least a year and a half. If it doesn't last 3 months then you have a problem. That says you need to be adding it loose to the feed. Most horses will self regulate some won't.



Water consumption is based on whether or not it is available, clean and the correct temperature. the more salt they eat - the more water they need. That means if it is not available free choice then you (G) need to ensure that an appropriate amount at a temperature they will drink is available. There are places you will read that they need 5 to 10 gallons a day. Mine drink much more than that - especially in the summer. If it is too hot they won't drink, if it is too cold they won't drink.



All of that said you feed what your horse likes and eats best. Some really like the taste of sea salt or mined salts like redmond or himalayan. When you go to any salt that has the potential of being contaminated in its natural state then you want FOOD GRADE. I'd trust the redmond salt over the himalayan for aninmal use but that is paranoia on my part with unscrupulous manufacturers.
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post #4 of 17 Old 08-07-2020, 12:42 PM
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I buy 5 lbs loose white salt. Put out a cup every few days or when gone. My horses eat what they need.

They won't touch mineral salt loose form or block form. Ice my horse won't eat feed if salt is added in. Doesn't matter how much or little you add, he'll walk away an not eat.

Other gelding will do salt in feed for two feedings. After that he'll just quite eating feed with added salt.

Just plain old white loose salt keeps mine drinking. Neither will touch iodized or mineral salt.
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You can get coarse salt that does not contain anti-caking agents. I'm not that worried about it, so I get regular table salt in large bags. I add a TBSP to their feed 2 x a day and I offer white salt blocks on top of that.
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post #6 of 17 Old 08-07-2020, 03:13 PM
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I like this thread and salt talk.

Farmer said I will need to supplement magnesium straight up as he has to do it for his cows (which he breeds).
I'm awaiting the hay analysis.

But I've ordered magnesium. Thing is I want plain salt as well (duh) but I'm worried about adding any salt with trace minerals ... or should I just offset the magnesium by that? I.e give sea salt for example and slightly less magnesium. I am accounting for whats in her feed as well and her daily banana! :P Until the analysis comes back I don't know about the iodine am worried about giving table salt. But plain salt in a bag doesn't seem to be readily available... anywhere. Blocks? Yes. Loose? No. If anyone can point me to plain salt I'd appreciate it as its killer weather right now :< She has a block but y'nkow.. licky licky fighty fighty in fields.
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@Kalraii this is the stuff I use. For myself and my horses. I guess it isn't "plain" salt, as it does have trace minerals, but it does come in a bag LOL. You can see mineral analysis at the first link I put in. I doubt it would have too much iodine. Supposedly most people (and I'd guess most horses) do need supplemental iodine, unless they live right on the coast.

http://realsalt.redmond.life/wp-cont...t-Analysis.pdf

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Redmond-Lif...6827770&sr=8-1
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I like this thread and salt talk.

Farmer said I will need to supplement magnesium straight up as he has to do it for his cows (which he breeds).
I'm awaiting the hay analysis.

But I've ordered magnesium. Thing is I want plain salt as well (duh) but I'm worried about adding any salt with trace minerals ... or should I just offset the magnesium by that? I.e give sea salt for example and slightly less magnesium. I am accounting for whats in her feed as well and her daily banana! :P Until the analysis comes back I don't know about the iodine am worried about giving table salt. But plain salt in a bag doesn't seem to be readily available... anywhere. Blocks? Yes. Loose? No. If anyone can point me to plain salt I'd appreciate it as its killer weather right now :< She has a block but y'nkow.. licky licky fighty fighty in fields.

I wouldn't be too worried about feeding "too much" magnesium through salt. If Redmond Rock Salt is only 0.06% magnesium, there isn't really much magnesium in it..

I fed Magnesium 5,000 from SmartPak, and a "maintenance" serving of magnesium is 5,000mg. The "performance" serving is up to 10,000mg. So if you fed 5,000mg of magnesium a day plus the trace elements in the grass (which isn't much according to the farmer), and the trace elements in the salt...I doubt it will make much of a difference, much a concern.
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I agree. They aren't eating enough of the salt for the trace mjns to make a difference. Iron would be the only one to look at and that is only if your animal is already on overload. You aren't feeding them pounds of salt. One or two ounces a day. Two to 4 tablespoons. The trace mins are negligible.
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Thank you so much guys and OP for starting thread!
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