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I put a mineral brick (pictured) in Spot's feed bucket. If I put it in a holder, he destroys the holder, so I found an alternative. This kind of helps him eat slower, too. Well... he tends to go through the brick pretty quickly and even though I don't replace it right away, I worry about overindulgence. Should I get one of those "Stall snack" things that hangs? Make it a challenge for him? Or does he even need it? Are there any other ways I can pace his consumption of it? Thanks!

 

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You can buy mineralized salt in loose form and just feed it as a supplement, like 1/4 tablespoon in evening feed or something similar. Most of our horses don't get free choice salt, they get it in their grain.
 

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I've wondered the same! My horses have a selenium salt blockand a mineral block that has a little bit of everything and a little molasses mixed in. Naturally they much prefer the one with molasses. It takes them about 3 weeks to eat it, so I usually wait another week before putting a new one out. meanwhile, they have the selenium salt block.
I usually just do this for cost reasons, but it seems to me that if a horse is eating it, he probably needs it, or it is his way of curing boredom...
 

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If they're going through it too fast it can cause kidney problems. Makes them dehydrated, so they drink a ton, then they pee a lot, then they eat a lot more salt, and the cycle continues. My previous mare could and would go through a salt block in a matter of a few days. I asked my vet about it and he suggested just supplementing the salt in her grain to prevent her from eating too much salt too quickly.
 
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I agree with Strange. Rather than having a block, give him like 1/2 or 3/4 tablespoon of salt a day, and 3/4 or 1 when worked up to a sweat. If at all possible, ask your vet about how much to give.
 

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If your horse is doing a lot of work and sweating a lot, just go with an electrolyte supplement instead of just plain salt.


(Sorry I keep posting here, haha, I keep thinking of more to add).
 
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