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Does My Mare Need Salt?

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Brittany Hindes
Neonate
Username: Bhindes

Post Number: 2
Registered: 08-2009
Posted on Sunday, September 06, 2009 - 09:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Everyone,

I am new here and I have a major question. My mare is now 4 months pregnant she has a big salt block in her stall but she never touches it. We have owned her for 5 years and during that time even now she never eats the salt. I am a little concerned because she is pregnant now and she is not eating salt. Will this affect the baby? Is there anything I can do to make her eat salt? Please help as I am new at the whole breeding thing. She was 5 months pregnant when we origionally bought her and the foal wasn't ours so we just did what the owners told us to feed her. So now I am a little concerned because I have been reading and all the info I read says to give them free choice of salt but she won't touch it? Any advice would be helpful.

Thank You.
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 2618
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Sunday, September 06, 2009 - 10:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

As long as she has it, she should be fine. I have a salt block in every feeder, and some horses eat them (literally, eat them) and others have had the same block for a long time. I know they're getting their salt though, as I buy the small ones, and they have to move it around the feeder to eat around it. They get it whether they want it or not. One mare is 19 years old, and has never touched her block as long as I've owned her, and she's had 12 healthy foals....so i can't say I'd be super concerned if the mare didn't touch it, as long as she's got a complete feed.
 

Brittany Hindes
Neonate
Username: Bhindes

Post Number: 3
Registered: 08-2009
Posted on Sunday, September 06, 2009 - 10:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Diana,

Thanks for the info. So maybe there is nothing to be worried about. Thank again for all your help.
 

Ann
Breeding Stock
Username: Northernperch

Post Number: 105
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Monday, September 07, 2009 - 08:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

All of our horses have salt blocks...even our babies will lick them. Our aged mare has a bock in her stall and she goes through 1 block about every 2 weeks. Another mare never toches the salt blocks.

Salt is needed in a healthy horse diet but some feeds have enough to satisfy a horse. I think that you are doing the right thing to have it availble to her.

Good luck with the foal!
 

Linda Bauer --
Breeding Stock
Username: Llazyt

Post Number: 295
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 10:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a mare that when is was in foal hardly ever touched her salt block, but after foaling she literally ate it. (it was a small one) so I got her a big one. She slowed down on the salt in take after a few weeks.



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