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post #1 of 13 Old 05-16-2015, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Salt Blocks

Which salt blocks are the best for stalls? Any suggestions of brands?
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-16-2015, 03:41 PM
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My horse doesn't use a block. In four years, his barely has a dent in it. Many horses don't lick a block enough to meet their salt needs, some say the hard blocks are designed for cattle and the horses' tongues get sore before they get all the salt they need. I don't know if that's it or my guy just doesn't like them, but they certainly don't meet his needs. So I add an ounce of bagged loose salt (about $5/50lb bag at the feed store) to his feed daily. If you have a good place and a horse who doesn't make a mess of it, offering free-choice loose salt is a great option too.
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post #3 of 13 Old 05-16-2015, 05:21 PM
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I get the 50 pound mineral blocks (the reddish ones) and put it in a feed bucket. The block and bucket tend to stay in place. Hard to believe that the brand name on the block makes a difference.
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post #4 of 13 Old 05-16-2015, 05:38 PM
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Loose salt is most desirable. About 5.00 for 40 pound bag.
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post #5 of 13 Old 05-16-2015, 05:38 PM
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Loose salt is most desirable. About 5.00 for 40 pound bag.
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post #6 of 13 Old 05-16-2015, 06:32 PM
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I had been doing loose salt for about 6 yrs when some genius who got paid, figured out that horses get sore tongues and don't ingest enough salt with licks. Horses will use both top and bottom of the tongue on a lick and the underside isn't really meant for this. Mine use only the top of the tongue with loose salt. I mix table salt with the coarser pickling salt and put it in a rubber tub about a cup at a time.



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post #7 of 13 Old 05-16-2015, 11:49 PM
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Mine use the blocks. They have available both white and mineral blocks. I don't think the brand itself matters but you need to watch what kind of mineral block you get and make sure it says it's for horses.
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post #8 of 13 Old 05-17-2015, 12:09 AM
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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
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post #9 of 13 Old 05-17-2015, 11:35 PM
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I use a vitamin/mineral supplement for my guy, so for me, the blocks/loose stuff really is all about him getting salt. Where the minerals come from really depends on the diet as a whole I think.
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post #10 of 13 Old 05-18-2015, 04:49 AM
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mine all use the red iodized mineral salt 50 lb salt blocks. the get enough salt by licking, never noticed any of them having a sore tongue. I tried the Himalayas salt, they used it for a while, but then started to pee on it. Went back to the red iodized mineral blocks.
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