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Re: Weights and volumes and salt.

Hello Ekaterina,

Thank you for your patience in my getting back to you. I tried to look at the specific product you're using, but was unable to get to the exact page.

But nonetheless, I think it is better to do the plan of adding salt to the feed, rather than a salt block, to avoid an overdosage.

Keep up the fine work!

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

Dr. Juliet Getty
This can happen with salt/mineral blocks that are sweetened with molasses and horses will bite off chunks of them like candy. But 10 kgs in 60 days amounts to 167 grams per day. That's approximately 5.8 ounces per day which I agree, is too much. Horses that are sweating profusely (due to exercise or hot, humid weather), may consume as much as 4 ounces per day. So, I would allow for self-regulation of salt by having a plain, white salt block available, but also add one tablespoon of table salt per meal. Then see how much of the block she eats when she has salt added to her feed. And let me know.

Dear Dr. Getty!

Thanks a lot - now it's getting clearer!

As for salt: no, I never gave a salt block with molasses or anything else, most of the time it was just a pure salt block with no added substances!
Typically it would be this one:
(I tried minerilized block once to see what happens, but the result was the same, about 200 grams per day!)
I'm afraid she would eat both the block and the salt in her food!

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO