Free Choice Salt for Horses

The following post is written by Chris and Roger Richardson of  The Holistic Horse.  People often ask me which type of salt I feed to my own horses, and though I once fed table salt, I now feed the loose unrefined Sea Salt from this company.  I thought some of you might be interested to learn more about feeding natural salt free choice. . . 




With the warmer weather and the summer season approaching, it’s crucial your horses keep hydrated to stay healthy and avoid impaction colic. Water is essential for all body metabolic activities, digestion of nutrients, regulation of body temperature, joint lubrication and the elimination of waste.

A horse’s body contains 65-75% water and salt requirements vary from horse to horse depending on the weather and their activity level. A racehorse requires more salt in its daily diet than a stalled trail horse that gets ridden 2-3 times a week.

Horses require larger amounts of water during hotter temperatures. A good way to ensure your horse is getting an adequate amount of water is to provide free access to salt 24/7. However, not all salts are created equal.


Did you know?

▪ Refined salt (table salt) is processed, has added chemicals and contains basically no nutritional value or minerals.

▪ Salt blocks were originally invented for the cattle industry. Cows have rough tongues and horse’s do not. Not only can salt blocks be very irritating to a horses tongue (think of how your tongue feels after eating too many sweet tart candies!) but they often cannot lick enough to get as much as they need.

▪ Efforts to lick adequate amounts of salt from a block can lead to frustration. Horses can bite off large chunks of salt and damage or break teeth or even potentially choke!


We recommend free choice feeding so your horse can determine how much his body needs. In the wild, horses don’t have humans doling out measured amounts of salt to them. When wild horses need salt and or minerals, they seek them out from sources in nature and the environment such as sedimentary rock salt, limestone and shale. Mother

Nature was very careful (and smart) to design these amazing creatures to know what and how much their bodies need. This is how they have survived in the wild for thousands of years without any help from us.




Our loose Pure Unrefined Sea Salt crystals are hand harvested and come from pristine ocean waters. They are dried by the sun and wind, locking in over 90 vital trace minerals. Sea Salt offers natural electrolytes and encourages your horse to drink plenty of water. Available in two sizes – 5 lbs. ($21.78) and 10 lbs. ($29.78).

Click here for more details.


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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  1. DCDarling says:

    Any comments on sulfur salt for repelling ticks?

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