Cobalt salt blocks

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  1. lillyorchid

    lillyorchid Senior Member

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    I've never heard of horses having them till yesterday. I stopped by a friends barn real quick so she could grab her helmet. While there, walking around I noticed every horses stall had a blue cobalt block along with a red trace mineral block. I asked her how that was and she said that the barn owner feeds alfalfa hay which is known to be copper deficient, so the mineral block gives copper and the cobalt helps the horse keep the copper in their systems longer.

    I have never heard of this before. All I could picture in my head was a horse storing to much copper and becoming a copper horse shaped rock. (o_0)

    Does anyone else feed cobalt salt blocks to their horses?
     






  2. WildHorseSpirit

    WildHorseSpirit Senior Member+

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    Cobalt is good for hooves, I used products with this for my mechanically foundered mare and she did well. I think you do have to monitor them on it.
     
  3. lillyorchid

    lillyorchid Senior Member

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    Ah thanks! I never knew any of this. Very interesting tho! :)
     
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    Just do a google search on it Colbalt for Equine Hooves and see what you get, you will have those for it and those against it. Just read each and decide and talk to your vet and farrier too!
     






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