Salt Lick vs. Mineral Block

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  1. sonnysstar

    sonnysstar Senior Member

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    Which one is bettter?

    I currently have a salt lick in with my horse (the blue kind) should I also have the mineral one in too? (the redish/ brown kind) Do they need both? She is not showing any defieciences (sp?)
     






  2. Blistering Winds

    Blistering Winds Senior Member+

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    It depends. Do you feed a feed that is professionally mixed and ready to feed? if not, I suggest tossing one out just for grins and giggles. Though I get hte small ones and put them in the feeders, as my horses won't TOUCH them as they taste NASTY.

    If you do this, you really don't need the bluish salt block, as mineral blocks are 80% or more of Salt anyways.
     
  3. sonnysstar

    sonnysstar Senior Member

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    she does get a complete feed right now, the pelleted type made by purina, and lots of it! (argg! such a hard keeper!) she loves her blue, and can't get enough of it... so having the mineral one would be a waste?
     
  4. Paints4me

    Paints4me Senior Member+

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    We keep several blocks in the field at all times. A Mineral, Salt, & sulpher block(yellow block thats helps keep ticks off) And occasionally I will set out a Stockade Horse block (protein and molasses) but usually they eat thoes too fast. I have noticed that they pick and choose which ones they want. There not too expencive and they last quite a while.
     
  5. I LUV BESS

    I LUV BESS Senior Member+

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    erm... to be honest i dont know

    my horse is scared of both!!! lol
     
  6. sonnysstar

    sonnysstar Senior Member

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    lol! My horse loves her salt lick... maybe a little too much...
     
  7. Sandra-A1

    Sandra-A1 Senior Moderator

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    We prefer free access to a bucket filled with a good loose salt and mineral mix.
    I find that most of the salt blocks and mineral blocks sold locally around here are made for cattle and since horses require a mix that is higher in trace mineral concentration than other specie that unless these blocks are made specifically for horses, so they fall short when used to supply what horses need.
    So we just go ahead an buy a big bag of loose mineral/salt mix that has been formulated for horses.
     
  8. ::Miss Kitty::

    ::Miss Kitty:: Senior Member+

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    It wouldn't hurt to put out a mineral block too, who knows, mabey she'll like that one too! We use the Sup-R-Blocks out in the field for the horses who live out :)
     
  9. probarrelracer

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    It is a good idea to put out salt, mineral, and sulfur blocks for all horses. Horses generally know what they need, and will lick each block as much as they need to. If you find that you run out of one of them sooner than the others, that means that your horse needs more of that particular supplement. They will not lick them if they do not need them, so don't worry about throwing the balance off. For this reason, I never put minerals in my feed because it may force horses to ingest more than they need.
     
  10. AutumnAttic

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    autumns loves her salt lick,and its usually gone within a week. She cant have one all the time because she was getting TOO much of it and it was irritating her tongue.. it was weird lol.. However she barely licks the mineral blocks at all.. Im not really sure which one is better
     






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