Do salt licks provide sufficient salt?

Ad lib salt licks are not likely meeting your horses salt requirements.


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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