Salt for Horses: Salt Blocks vs. Loose Salt


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.

  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.

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

        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?

  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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