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post #11 of 13 Old 05-18-2015, 10:31 PM
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I only ever used loose salt. It's about $7 for 50 pounds here ( a 50 pound block costs about the same.)

I provide it in something that hangs in the run-in or stall so that the horse cannot pee on it. Like this: Duraflex 16qt Hook Over Feeder - Southern States Cooperative

I've never seen a horse lick a salt block long enough to get what they need, typically the one's I've observed have given up and walked off or tried to bite off huge chunks of it.

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My horses have a choice of a white block and a red mineral block in each of their stalls.
My "blocks" are in holders, not in their feed buckets.
I find putting the salt blocks in the feed bucket makes them crumble, break and then my horse won't finish their feed as it is to salty.
Neither of my horses has ever appeared to have a sore tongue from licking a block....
My horses do lick their blocks as I replace them pretty often. I don't do loose salts either..
Having the 2 types of salt allows my horses free-choice of what they want, when they want it and need it....
My horses are in pasture 24/7 but have free-access to their stalls all the time...they come in every day for fly-spray applied and feed anyway.
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Smilie, the research paper figured horses ingest about, on avg. 20%+ more salt if loose than with a lick. It was felt the horse wasn't getting enough salt from a lick alone.



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