Salt is the only mineral for which horses have an indisputable appetite for, thereby displaying a degree of nutritional wisdom regarding its consumption. If salt is available, most horses will consume sufficient amounts to meet their needs without overindulging. Natural feedstuffs such as pasture grasses contain little sodium, often less than 0.1%. Most compound feeds do contain some salt but not enough to guarantee sufficient intake for horses that are in regular medium to hard work. Ideally this important electrolyte should be fed ad-libitum in the form of a salt block. Horses at rest will normally consume around 50 grams of salt per day from a salt lick. However, some horses do not reliably use a salt block so you may need to add some salt to your horses feed.


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