Do salt licks provide sufficient salt?
Danielle Nielsen | 27.02.21
Many people rely on block salt as their horse’s supplemental source of sodium chloride. While horses do have a craving for sodium which will cause them to seek it out, few horses lick a block adequately enough to consume their daily requirement. A 500 kg horse needs to consume about a one kilo block of salt a month to be consuming its daily sodium requirement. Some horses consume more salt off a block if it is broken in to chunks or if loose salt is made available in a pan. Horses should absolutely have free choice salt available to them but if your horse is not consuming adequate amounts of salt from a block to meet daily maintenance requirements consider adding about 15 grams per 250 kg of body weight to their ration everyday.
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