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Re: Salt and the finicky horse

Hi Jackie,

Sounds like a little bit of water or flavored liquid will solve the problem of the salt and supplements sinking to the bottom. If you could get the caregiver to pour some water into the bucket and mix everything together, your horse would be able to get everything you're feeding her.

If she can tolerate a little sugar, you can use apple juice instead.

Keep me posted.

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

Hi Dr. Getty,

I promised myself about a year ago that I would only go to the barn 6 days per week. My theory was that one day off per week would help preserve my relationship with her. I haven't been keeping that promise to myself and my relationship with her has, in fact, suffered as a result.

The problem is: daily mash = salt eaten. No mash that day = no salt eaten (other than the small amount in a few handfuls of concentrate).

(I do provide a supplement for the barn to give her. All the powders and salt are in the bottom of her grain bin the next day. When I don't scoop it out routinely, she gets quite a pile going.)

So, if I take a day off, I worry that "no salt today" = higher risk of colic today (or tomorrow). How can I get salt into her without a mash? She doesn't eat it any other way.

Thank you for any insight!

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO