Salt for Horses: Salt Blocks vs. Loose Salt

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

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12 Responses

  1. Joey says:

    Was wondering is there a different between cattle salt and salt for horses. I am talking about the loose salt.

    • then5925 says:

      Hi Joey–It should be all the same whether it’s for horses or cattle. Look for straight sodium chloride without any other added minerals.
      -Casie

  2. Amy Leveto Smith says:

    Thanks for the article. I have never heard this information about salt blocks being designed for cattle rather than horses. In my horses supplements, I provide some of the product “Apple-a-day” year round in order to facilitate water drinking. In your experience, is this type of loose salt ok or do you suggest another?

    • Casie says:

      Hi Amy–I’m not sure what ‘apple a day’ is. Are the ingredients listed on the package? I would recommend straight loose salt (iodized is okay since they need iodine as well) provided separately from minerals. I just started using natural sea salt which you can buy online.

      • Amy says:

        Thank you- here are the ingredients in “Apple-a-Day”

        The original apple electrolyte/mineral replacement prevents dehydration, replenishes electrolytes, aids appetite and water consumption. NO sugars — more electrolytes and trace minerals — less cost. Horses love the taste.

        Directions:
        Feed one ounce daily (half as much as most other brands).

        Ingredients:
        Salt, potassium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, calcium carbonate, magnesium sulfate, calcium lactate, zinc sulfate, artifical apple flavor, manganese sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, cobalt sulfate.

        Guaranteed Analysis:
        Calcium, min..5.9%
        Calcium, max..6.9%
        Phosphorus, min..0.001%
        Salt, min..35%
        Salt, max..36.5%
        Sodium, min..19%
        Sodium, max..21%
        Potassium, min..12%
        Magnesium, min..0.5%
        Manganese, min..300 ppm
        Zinc, min..40 ppm
        Iron, min..2.8 ppm
        Copper, min..10 ppm
        Cobalt, min..0.3 ppm

        • Casie says:

          So it looks like a multi-mineral with salt included. It still wouldn’t hurt to provide some loose salt (you can add it to their feed) to cover your bases though. Especially on hot days.

      • Kathie Judy says:

        Apple-A-Day is a brand of electrolyte – one of the better ones available since it does not contain sugar. However, it is not wise to force feed electrolytes 24/7. Better to have loose salt available at all times.

  3. Alice says:

    Hi Casie
    Could you tell me where you buy your sea salt online, and how much it is?
    Cheers.

  4. Brandon McClellan says:

    As a retired farrier after 51 years of squatting under horses, may I just add this caution: If a horse is new to supplemental salt and is fed free choice loose salt, there is a danger of colic due to over indulgence.

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