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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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How much salt?

Hi Dr. Getty!

I live in Buffalo, New York where right now most of the time it is between 16 and 32 degrees. I have two quarter horses that are used just for trails and not very often in this weather. They live in a 3 sided barn so they are in and out as they please. We feed hay 3x a day and 1 quart of whole oats in the am and last feed at night.

I was hoping you could tell me how much salt a horse needs in their daily diet. I have not had a chance to get either a salt or mineral block. So I was wondering if I could put table salt (iodized or non-iodized?) in their grain and how much to give them (until I can get to the feed store).

I appreciate your help,


Re: How much salt?

Hi Joie,

Yes, you can add good, old-fashioned iodized salt that you buy in the supermarket. Since they do not have access to a salt lick, feed them 1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) each day. If you get a salt lick, you can reduce that by half. But, in the winter, when horses typically do not drink as much water, it’s a good idea to supplement salt in their diets.

All the best,

Dr. Getty