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hello ma'am. hope salt blocks doesn't lead to health issues in horses especially babies(2 year olds and 3 year olds)?

Hello Caine,

Thank you for your question.  Salt is an essential nutrient for horses and one that can seldom be over-fed especially when sourced from salt blocks.  In fact, salt blocks may not provide enough salt. You should not be concerned about providing free access to salt blocks.  I often recommend mixing loose salt with other feed to ensure adequate intake.  In any case salt has a built-in intake limiting mechanism that keeps horses from over-consuming it and any salt consumed in easily secreted provided the horse has adequate access to water.  

Thanks, Corlena

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Corlena Patterson


I can help with any of your horse nutrition questions and concerns. I have been involved with horses for closing on 40 years, with a B.Sc in Animal Science and currently working on an M.Sc in Equine Science with the University of Edinburgh. I have owned my own feed store, consulted professionally as an equine nutritionist, and lectured in the fields of equine and dairy nutrition at the University level for 5 years. I have developed and currently market 'Ration-X', a ration formulation program for horses...designed for the everyday horse owner. I am happy to help in any way I can.


Experienced in developing and implementing feed programs for horses of all disciplines, creating custom horse supplements and managing inter-disciplinary equine facilities. Specialize in equine nutrition consulting.

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