Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
I do use salt blocks, and never add loose salt to feed, unless I am trying to make sure a horse drinks enough, as I don't believe in forcing a horse to consume any given amount of salt daily, anymore then I do for myself
A horse will derive enough salt from a block, without wearing out his tongue
However, I do provide free choice minerals, in a soft block form, or totally loose.
Salt blocks are colour coded.
The red blocks have iodine added, but in a concentration that can be too high for horses
The blue blocks have iodine, at a lower level then the red salt blocks, plus cobalt added, and are the salt blocks that I use
The brown salt blocks have trace minerals added, but are mainly salt, so not an adequate source of minerals
Therefore, I use blue salt blocks, plus either free choice loose horse minerals ( like Hoffmans ) or a soft mineral block (not one held together with molasses! )-Hi pro stock mineral block
Yes, real minerals and mineral blocks are quite a bit more expensive then those trace mineral slat blocks, but the real concern, in using blocks, is the hrose getting enough minerals, not salt