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RE: [RC] Electrolytes - heidi

Salt blocks, IMO are for cows with a tongue that is rough. Free choice 
minerals that are loose are for horses with a smooth tongue.

Not sure why a rough tongue is a factor here, since it is the saliva that 
"melts" a bit of the block on each lick.  Horses seem to do just fine with 
block salt.  The main thing is not to get varieties that have ingredients added 
specifically for cows.

I tried loose salt here one year, and it just sat in the pastures and got 
soggy.  They much prefered the block.

As it is, my endurance horses don't consume much from a block, either--but then 
when you consider the quantities of grass hay they eat, even losing fair 
amounts in sweat, they just are not building a deficit.  While the sweat losses 
of e-lytes are pretty amazing, the amounts in grass hay are likewise pretty 
amazing, particularly when you figure how much reserve the horse carries in the 
hindgut.  When ridden to how they are conditioned, even if that means running 
up front on a horse properly conditioned and capable of doing so, unless the 
conditions are extreme, needing "not much" still translates to "zero" when you 
do the math.  I do realize that some horses just aren't very efficient with 
their lytes--but really, many don't even need "not much."



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