Poll: Readers Dish the Salt

More than 1,600 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What types of salt block do your horses use?"

results of poll on pain and anti inflammatory treatment

Results were as follows: 
  • Blocks with added minerals   62.89% (1,017)
  • White blocks   44.16% (714)
  • I add salt/minerals to feed instead of using a salt block   18.49% (299)
  • I do not offer any salt supplements   1.55% (25)

Readers shared what they give their horses in the comments below.

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  • white, mineral, and electrolytes
  • I use loose white sale and loose mineral salt. No blocks
  • My horses have free access to white blocks and loose minerals (equimin)
  • I have a white salt block free-choice and add Platinum Performance to my horse's feed
  • I offer my horses a choie of the two salts.
  • Feed loose salt in feed during winter to ensure thirst & water consumption- salt blocks in the summe
  • I buy both white and with minerals, it's the most important thing for horses next to hay and feed.
  • LOOSE SALT INSIDE BLOCKS OUTSIDE
  • Only added when horse might be subjected to sweating a lot.
  • I read the red blocks they never likw weren't good for them and they prefer the white - horse sense?
  • large salt blocks in paddock, horses have free choicesometimes add salt to grain in winter
  • 30 gr a day
  • I add minerals everyday to my horses each day
  • electrolytes are added to the drafts feed after hard work with salt block available all the time.
  • I have learned recently that horse don't get enough minerals from the salt blocks
  • free choice loose salt with minerals is also offered
  • Red block with Selenium,soil in our area has little to no Selenium in it. + a pelleted mineral feed
  • I also add salt and Minerals to their Well Solve feed.
  • himilayan salt block
  • Salt and mineral blocks in the stalls and a set outside to share during turnout.
  • Free Choice Mineral is best
  • We use free choice loose salt and loose minerals
  • I use Red Cal
  • I don't add to feed I give free
  • I have supplied both white and mineral blocks side by side and they always go after the mineral bloc
  • Free-choice loose minerals/salt
  • Salt should be provided loose, not in blocks.
  • For our working drafts: loose white salt on pellets. What they don't want falls through for later.
  • I have both but the horses like the plain white better.
  • we use the blue blocks
  • I use LOOSE natural salt
  • I use himalayan salt blocks
  • I offer loose salt/mineral/vitamin mix free choice
  • I add a complete vitamin mineral supplement...white salt always available.
  • blue blocks, plus either a range tub or minerals or loose minerals, intermittently
  • Actually I provide salt/minerals for free will access by my horses.
  • I actually offer Himalayan salt licks in addition to dressing feed with table salt
  • loose salt free choice in stall
  • In addition to white block, give NTM Salt free choice
  • mineral blocks plus free choice 12:12
  • My area has a low selenium amt in soil, so the salt block has added selenium as well as other trace
  • also use loose minerals
  • I think it is best to add to feed, when able
  • Supply salt and minerals depending on the horse involved.
  • I also use a high preformance horse block and a mineral block, free choice.
  • We use the Himilayan salt on a rope and our horses love it. We can not keep enough around for them.
  • My horses have free choice with the block, and I make sure they get a pinch in their dinner
  • My horse won't lick a block
  • i always make sure that my horse has a mineral salt block available.
  • My easy keeper gets a mineral block since he's on only a handful of grain
  • my grain already has minerals so I use white blocks
  • my over weight horses do not get a salt block. Althought my 4 yr old gets salt w/minerals added.
  • free choice horse minerals with salt besides mineral block
  • also offer loose mineral salt
  • its blue
  • mineral block plus rock salt lick
  • Horses have choice between redmond salt, himalyan salt and mineral block
  • I have both types of blocks available to my horse in his stall.
  • I rotate the 3 types
  • I use loose salt and mineral salt free choice aswell as 2teaspoons of salt in feed
  • My horse is in heavy training and salt blocks aren't enough so I add a electrolyte supplement.
  • I use both. That should have been an option. It's always the best to offer white and mineral.
  • I use the trace mineral pony bricks in their feed buckets so they get salt & minerals as they eat
  • Ace rarely uses either the TM or regular salt block, but it's there if needed
  • salt in supplement, and block and Himilayan salt
  • affordable and easy to feed
  • I offer both blocks. White and mineral laced.
  • I offer both to my Horses and Donkeys
  • the BEST way to offer salt and minerals is loose, and that option isn't on the poll.
  • also yellow salt
  • I also add alittle to her feed
  • I used Iodized table salt
  • USE LOOSE REDMOND SALT, horses tonges not designed for blocks. abcbiotanical. 50million yr. old
  • selenium with vitamin E
  • salt blocks are availble but also add sea salt and other minerals to the feed for IR horses
  • I put out white salt blocks along with a free choice mineral.
  • himalayan rock salt
  • blue blocks
  • I add trace minerals to their feed.
  • I use trace mineral blocks but it isn't really necessary
  • I use selenium blocks
  • Blocks for free choice, grain has minimum salt added
  • I use a himalyan rock salt in the stable
  • TB gets a white block, PF does not get any salt.
  • my horse will not eat from a salt block which is always available, have to supplement
  • I feed loose salt. I feel that horses are not designed for salt blocks
  • I add lite salt to feed during hot weather
  • Added the yellow block for wood chewer, no results yet
  • Horses have a choice
  • I have both plain white and a block with minerals, they use both but more often use the white block
  • I also give them loose minerals
  • I feed only Purina Omolene 200, well-balanced and fully fortified -I don't feel I need supplements.
  • Brown mineral/salt blocks for the horses
  • I find that my soil does not have adaquate minerals so we use the trace mineral block over the plain
  • Also use sulfur blocks to stop from cribbing
  • i also have saline well water
  • I offer loose salt near the water buckets and add a salt/calcium blend to feed after a hard ride.
  • I use Himalayan salt licks
  • I also provide a 12:12 Free choice supplement
  • Both are used in conjunction
  • We feed a loose salt, sometimes with other minerals.
  • Free access where horse can get choice.
  • they also get HORSE mineral blocks...trace mineral blocks are not an adequate source in my area. Tn.
  • Mineral blocks now; advised to use white iodized because of supplement minerals.
  • i want to buy horse equipment but idont know how to do it i will like a guide line pls
  • I use only Himalayan Salt blocks- no more cribbing unlike with white or mix blocks
  • I actually use both white salt and mineral blocks, depending on the horse's preference.
  • white or Redmon's loose salt
  • I also offer free choice loose salt/mineral along with the plain salt block
  • i put one of each in let them choose
  • Mineral block plus daily electrolytes.
  • I use Vita-Ferm Equine free choice! Ya'll have to try it!!! It's the best supplement ever!!
  • white block only, If they need more than just salt I add it seperately.
  • Mineral blocks contain too much iron, which is already overabundant in their diets.
  • I always supply both
  • Salt blocks are for cattle! Feed loose, free choice plain and mineralized....
  • I use loose white salt and salt mineral blocks. They have choice.
  • and a ration balancer fed
  • I also offer granular salt and mineral substitute (Purina's 12-12)
  • Also add half-salt to their feed to encourage drinking
  • plus added salt to supplement feeding
  • Red Cal that I purchase from the natural vet
  • have it available free choice all the time
  • I give free choice Hymalaian block, white and pink blocks.
  • Also blocks containing vitamins, minerals, probiotics, yeast cultures, and other goodies.
  • they only like the red salt blocks
  • I only feed loose minerals and salts.
  • He also likes Himalayan rock salt.
  • Plus I provide a free standing salt block for my horse.
  • Yellow block
  • blocks in field & stall
  • They have the option of either.
  • FREE CHOICE LOOSE SALT AND Calc/Phos
  • also Hymalian Rock Salt in a big block
  • Himalayan rock salt blocks
  • I offer both blocks for free choice selection.
  • Pink himalayan salt is Lady's favorite, but she normally gets plain brown bricks (they're cheaper!)
  • I add a mineral tub out in the pasture also
  • himalayan rock salt
  • I use both for one horse, and mineral for the other
  • I put them in their feed bowls to eat around.
  • I also offer free choice natural loose salt with trace minerals
  • white and mineral
  • sulfur block also
  • white loose salt
  • It depends on the horses needs which one I do.
  • actually not added to feed,but free choice in another container
  • himilayan pink salt is the only salt block of any kind that my horses will consume!
  • I add table salt to my horses feed in the winter and a white salt block in summer
  • Loose salt available free choice so the horses can take what they need.
  • keep both white and mineral blocks available free choice as well as loose minerals
  • i also add kosher salt in their feed buckets
  • I also put out free choice Progressive Nutritions loose mineral
  • My horse prefers the pink himalayan salt
  • i just started offering loose salt/minerals so they won't get sore tongues from licking the blocks
  • I use white blocks in the winter and red blocks in the summer.
  • Or salt granules for horses that don't like the blocks
  • horses love it
  • free choice redmond salt
  • himalayan salt
  • A tablespoon of salt a day keeps my old horse drinking.
  • I have both white and trace mineral salt block he can choose.
  • I give them a choice between plain salt and salt/mineral.
  • I do both white salt block and a shake of table salt in their feed.
  • trace mineral salt block :)
  • I use a white salt block and offer loose mineral free choice
  • They get minerals in feed supplements.
  • only one thing wrong with salt & mineral blocks is cant put out in the rain they wash away.
  • Mine is the green one--not sure of the exact name or kind at the moment.
  • can't get my older mare to use a salt block
  • Each stall has its own free choice container.
  • I keep one block each, side by side in a feeder. The four horses eat the two blocks down equally.
  • I add loose mineral salt to a salt box beside her feed box
  • Individual ones in each stall.
  • We have sheep, mineral blocks are to them so we have a salt blocks and minerals in the feed.
  • Blood panel showed deficiency so mineral supplment but still use blocks too
  • I add 2oz of plain iodized table salt to his feed. He's IR
  • Free choice minerals and free choice white salt
  • Two of our 3 horses absolutely LOVE the himalayan salt licks we give them! Buy them cheap at Big Ds!
  • According to articles I have read at Horse.com, plain salt blocks are best.
  • I have caused my horses to stop sweating from lack of mineral in the past(FL)
  • I don't believe salt blocks are enough, not all horses will use them
  • I keep 5% loose minerals available,and free choice plain salt and a white salt block i the pasture
  • I offer loose white salt
  • Free choice salt supplement thru Dr Dan the natural horse vet!
  • even tho they are 99percent salt, I also give electrolytes
  • I give them a separate container of mineral mix.
  • Redmond salt in feed.
  • we offer loose salt all the time
  • white and also natural sea salt
  • I've just started using Himalayan Salt blocks that have not been baked & last longer
  • too much salt already in their water
  • You forgot a catagory. I feed a free choice loose salt because blocks are hard to get enough.
  • balanced to hay!
  • I use loose salt, not block, to make sure they ingest it.
  • Himalayan salt is a favorite!
  • I use both reg. and mineral
  • Being in central California, we have to supplement selenium, so I use a selenium-added salt block.
  • Most importantly, I offer free choice minerals
  • Hymilayan rock w/naturally occuring minerals
  • Purina horse mineral 12 X12 blocks
  • white blocks and mineral blocks in the fields. small mineral block in each stall.
  • Use the Nature's Essentials Free Balance Block in addition to white salt
  • white salt block and add eletrolytes when sweating
  • Salt block - plain free choice, electrolytes in summer (FL heat)
  • Free choice block with selenium (our region's soil is deficient)
  • sulfa block
  • Plus Selenium
  • I use Hymilayan salt blocks which hangs in the stall
  • Granule, trace mineral salt, add little to feed and free feed; horses are not lickers.
  • Loose salt allows them to ingest more
  • I offer both blocks so they can choose which one they want.
  • I offer a mineral block & a yellow sulfur block
  • I also add Iodized loose salt to supplements
  • my horses will not use them - they prefer to lick rocks
  • Providing granulated salt with their feed lets me monitor how much they're actually eating.
  • Also loose salt and in the summer, adding sulfur salt block too
  • Buckeye Feeds - Harvest Salt
  • we alternate between white and mineral salt blocks
  • salt only, minerals are in the daily vitamin supplement
  • My veterinarian told me to offer them a choice of white and mineral blocks and they use both!
  • add 2 oz iodized salt per day to feed
  • Also loose mineral/salt called Hoffmans
  • Offer free choice mineralized loose salt
  • Plain white iodized block and free choice loose himalayan (red) salt
  • I feed redmond salt and kelp meal free choice
  • I add salt to feed in addition to salt block
  • just got a peppermint flavored block that my boys are liking
  • I also sprinkle some table salt over the salt block to make it easier for them to get what they want
  • White blocks + free choice minerals
  • I don't use block, I use LOOSE salt.
  • I offer both white and mineral blocks; the horses choose which one they want.
  • When it's really hot or I've been working him hard I also add electrolytes to his feed.
  • Use white salt blocks in stalls, my horses prefer them to mineral salt blocks.Also add salt to feed
  • free choice by the water tanks
  • feed contains needed minerals
  • I use a mineral block but also add table salt to his morning feed, just to be sure
  • I must use livestock trace mineral blocks as horse mineral blocks are too soft. My horses eat them!
  • We put out both white salt and trace mineral blocks and replace the whites 3X as often as the reds.
  • Found out the hard way that horses don't get enough salt from a block.
  • My mare has a mineral and a sulfer block.
  • I use Redmond salt, a natural salt rock they like alot.
  • put salt in feed plus have white salt block available 24/7
  • I also give them free choice, loose minerals
  • himalayan salt
  • I let them choose which one they want
  • Himalayan Salt Lick
  • plus a mineral block added
  • Horses love salt! Manufacturers stop changing holders shape so I can use up inventory! Thanks!
  • I offer salt/minerals by choice
  • free choice to white and mineral blocks.
  • AND loose minerals formulated for horses
  • I use mineral selenium block mostly, sometimes just mineral blocks
  • we have to provide multi-min blockms with selenium
  • We use loose salt
  • I use a coffee scoop of cobalt with am and pm feed:)
  • I offer free choice, not one of your selections above
  • Himalayan salt
  • I also add salt w/minerals to my winter feed to encourage warmed water consumption.
  • recommended at nutrituional/ grazing horse seminar
  • I also give them free choice loose mineral salt.
  • I have had horses since 1954 and have always offered both plain and mineral salt blocks free choice.
  • I use both white and a mineral block
  • I use both the mineral with salt and plain salt and offer it free choice, bothe the horses and goats
  • Mineral blocks, plus electrolytes for my eventer in summer
  • I feed loose white salt
  • ADM mineral balancer
  • i use himalayan pink salt block
  • Stockman's mineral salt--horses love it and there is no waste.
  • horses are not natural lickers like cattle.
  • I do not use blocks I use loose White Salt feed in a mineral feeder
  • have tried all the fancy flavored blocks and he prefers plain old white salt
  • I use white block, plus loose white s, plus balanced mineral mix in their feed based on hay analysis
  • I use white in the summer, mineral in the winter.
  • i feed a custom mineral mix that matches my hay and includes iodized salt (2T)
  • sulfur block as well in the summer. Helps keep down horseflies
  • use Himalayan salt blocks which have 86 minerals. horses love them and they last much longer!
  • I also add a small amount of salt to feed in summer
  • My mare will not touch a salt block. I add salt when she works extra hard in the heat.
  • Horses have to have salt!
  • Horses have access to both but prefer the mineral blocks.
  • My Horse is addicted to his salt block!!!!
  • We use Sulphur Blocks & on really hot days add electrolytes to their grain.
  • White blocks since he's on a complete feed and refuses mineral blocks.
  • we use salt blocks with added Selenium in this area if Idaho
  • They have a choice of white, red, and electrolytes in summer
  • free choice red salt-not a block
  • I avoid added minerals since I feed a supplement already and don't wish to oversupplement anything.
  • All my horses enjoy licking the salt block even in winter
  • and a mineral block; I give them a choice
  • Actually offer both white and mineral added blocks in pasture.

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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