Are Salt Licks Necessary?

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  1. bellalou

    bellalou Senior Member

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    I always provide both a plain and a mineral block. I also add loose salt to their feed and supplement with electrolytes when it’s brutally hot and I see any signs of dehydration.

    They’re cheap and my horses use them.

    As for whether they know what they need, I know I crave salt periodically. If my horses do, they have it.
     
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  2. JStorry

    JStorry Senior Member

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    Mine take forever to go through a salt block. They have it, and they lick it when they are bored. They are about halfway done the one I got them last May. Three horses pastured together I might add.
    They get grain daily and loose mineral in their grain so I don't think they really need a lot of salt. They do have it if they want it though
     
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  3. Cynical25

    Cynical25 Senior Member

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    Neither of my horses will touch salt blocks, mineral blocks, or himalayan salt licks. I periodically add salt/electrolytes to their feed.
     
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    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    Since salt is an important part of their diet and it's cheap, why not.
     
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  5. slc

    slc Senior Member

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    Horses need salt either in feed(many feeds include salt, whether it's enough ornot), a block or natural local salt licks. Why is the question being asked?
     
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  6. ibsammy

    ibsammy Senior Member

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    For those that offer it loose, where do you get it? Do you feed recommended rates of a particular grain and add it on top? I try to avoid mixing and matching grains so I don't screw up ratios, but it didn't occur to me until today that maybe processed grains don't have enough salt in them. Hmmmm, maybe I'll start adding some to Lolas feed.
     
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    doublelranch Senior Member

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    Ask for stock salt at any feedstore.
     
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  9. sherian

    sherian Senior Member

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    to be honest mine seem to use their salt block as much as a toy as a supplement, but at 6.99 I'm good with that.
     
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  10. equinitis

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    Mine go through salt and trace mineral blocks like crazy! Well it seems like when we have to replace them at least quarterly. I guess it's not that much when you consider the number of animals on them thought.

    If we let them run out and do without for a week or so, they destroy the first trace mineral block we put out in a couple of days. The next one will last longer and they do not do that if we don't let them run out.

    I love to watch them at the salt. They lick, slobber, paw at it, try to bite chunks out of it and just act like clowns over it!
     

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