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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Mineral tub v.s. supplements by hand...

My local feed store tried to sell me on a mineral tub you just put out at let the horses free feed. They said that it allowed the horse to take what they wanted when the needed it. What is the difference between something like this and the Glanzen products? I know the Glanzen has Omega-3 and the tub probably doesn't. Just curious.

Where are you from? Colorado

Re: Mineral tub v.s. supplements by hand...

Hi Christy,

There is a world of difference between a mineral tub and Glanzen. A mineral tub is essentially a salt block with some added electrolytes (typically magnesium, chloride, potassium and perhaps some zinc). The level of these minerals is minimal and is not intended to totally meet a horse's mineral requirements. Also mineral tubs are generally sweetened with molasses, so horses love them so much, they often bite off large chuncks. This is not something you want to have happen.

Glanzen supplements contain a full complement of many minerals, not just electrolytes, in the proper proportion. It does not contain salt, so a salt block in still necessary, but go with a plain white one, not a mineralized version.

Glanzen also contains B vitamins which have many roles in the body, including proper digestion, healthy skin, hair, and hooves, immune function, energy metabolism, red blood cells, and healthy nervous system maintenance.

Glanzen Complete has added vitamins that are typically lost from fresh grass to make hay.

Thanks for asking!

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO