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Dr. Dan Moore [DVM]
Your Horses Salt
Rocks and Blocks
just in March!)
it goes like
Dr. Dan, my
.... and I feed
First, let's get
this out of the
The most important thing you can do for your horse’s health
and wellness is to provide
the natural source of salt,
that we ship
tons of daily- RED
I say what I think and personally I think salt and mineral blocks should be outlawed. They are NOT your horses' friends! A horse just can't lick fast enough to get what he needs. If you have ever seen a horse chew at his block, chances are he is not getting what he needs. Cribbing, chewing on wood and other behavioral problems are also likely signs.
To make it worse, our horses' mineral and salt needs changed with the weather just like the mineral content within grass changes with the weather. I once thought grass was just grass and that there was good grass and not-so-good grass.
I never really thought about the chemical composition of grass changing as the weather changed. But that is exactly what happens and this change can be deadly!
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Again, The most important thing you can do for your horse’s health
and wellness is to provide
the natural source of salt,
that we ship
tons of daily-
So what is the "Big Deal"? "My horses have a salt block already, I have a mineral block in the pasture and, besides, I feed a "complete" feed anyway. My horses should be fine, right?" Quite honestly - almost certainly NOT! Conditions like founder, laminitis, abortion, allergies, botulism,
cushing's, hypothyroidism, lameness, joint problems are truly the result of imbalances!
Even a simple "easy keeper" in almost all cases is out of balance on the minerals and salt. "Easy Keepers" just don't get enough - period, because they consume such little feed. When they don't get enough minerals (which is also true for vitamins, enzymes, pro-biotics, etc.) their metabolism is even more negatively affected and they become even more "easy keepers" eventually leading to such conditions as hypothyroidism, insulin resistance, etc .. These are those "night mare" colic prone, laminitic prone, "just waiting to happen" horror stories!
I say what I think and personally I think salt and mineral blocks should be outlawed. They are NOT your horses' friends! A horse just can't lick fast enough to get what he needs. If you have ever seen a horse chew at his block, chances are he is not getting what he needs. Cribbing, chewing on wood and other behavioral problems are also likely signs. To make it worse, our horses' mineral and salt needs changed with the weather just like the mineral content within grass changes with the weather.
I once thought grass was just grass and that there was good grass and not-so-good grass. I never really thought about the chemical composition of grass changing as the weather changed. But that is exactly what happens and this change can be deadly!
Mineral blocks just cannot provide the minerals fast enough for such rapid changes in weather. Free choice, loose minerals are a must if such problems are to be prevented!
Personally, I prefer Mother Natures' sources. These are also less likely to contain undesirable ingredients such as lead, aluminum, cadmium and even mercury. According to one study at a major university even dicalphosphate, which is almost always a major part of mineral mixes is often contaminated with lead and cadmium. Typical white salt used in blocks and most mixes is really made for industrial use anyway and since our horses and live stock consume such a little amount by comparison, this industrial grade is usually what is used. Any white salt is also bleached and kiln dried - this is not a very "natural" process. Salt and mineral blocks are not enough and should be outlawed in my humble opinion.
When man makes a mineral mix, he is simply guessing. Even with a free choice mix that just has massive amounts of this and that, horses simply over-consume what they don’t need, while trying to get what they do need and quite honestly what they do need might not even be in the mix to begin with! I assure you; man-made blocks and mixes are missing critical elements!
Probably the worst problem is the excessive other minerals that are added to free choice mixes and even trace mineral blocks. This is especially a problem with many "hoof supplements". These are usually full of minerals and will often help and they "look good" on the analysis BUT again, in my humble opinion, they often tip the scales of balance the other way leading to excessive amounts of other problems in the future. A slower, more naturally balanced approach leads to more stable health. According to my sources and with personal experience in thousands of animals, if sodium and calcium are always readily available free choice, macro and micronutrients will more likely remain and deficiencies are less likely to occur.
There is a “next to perfect” answer to the perfect pasture question! A perfect pasture is one that has a bucket (free choice access) of natural salt and naturally sourced minerals hanging in it - AT ALL TIMES. And I stress NATURAL source here and at ALL times. Even white salt and most minerals are chemical, often other industry’s leftovers, full of heavy metals (lead, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, mercury). And salt blocks are just simply useless because horses are not lickers - they can not get all of what they need from blocks -period! They just can’t lick fast enough.
The chemical composition of grass actually change with the weather. Also our “salt based” fertilizers used today often confuse the horse. The potassium contained within them literally tricks the horse into thinking he has plenty of salt already because the potassium ion is so similar to sodium. When this happens, they quit eating salt or if they only have access to blocks, they can’t even get as much of what they need. This situation is a major metabolic stress on the system. Many problems can result.
THE major factor in allergies, or any illness of “unknown” cause, is the misuse of salt and mineral blocks. Free choice, natural sources of salt and minerals will help your horse’s allergies improve drastically. Horses are not lickers: they can’t get what they need from salt or mineral blocks quickly enough to get what they need! Horses need change whenever the barometer changes because the grasses that they eat have changed.
Many of the tiny micronutrients, or elements, like rubidium, molybdenum, palladium, cesium, and strontium, are critical for problems like allergies, COPD and even cancer. When I take away typical “man-made” salt and mineral blocks, and replace them with natural sources (like RED CAL), many allergies and other problems go away! It is amazing what nature provides! I really hope you have stuck with me long enough to read this single point.
The most important thing you can do for your horse’s health is to provide a natural source of salt and minerals.
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