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Old 06-08-2007, 01:27 PM   #1
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salt block biting

One of my horses LOVES salt and mineral blocks. At first I did not really notes this, but now that I am home all day I do. She licks them constantly and will even take her teeth and scrape them on the suffused get a lot off, and will sometimes bit them.
Is this normal? My other horses don’t bite them.
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Old 06-08-2007, 01:28 PM   #2
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Yes, some do and some don't - she is fine...
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Old 06-08-2007, 01:31 PM   #3
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Boermann bites of the corners and eats them like hard candy. No worries some are biters and others just like to lick.
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Old 06-08-2007, 01:33 PM   #4
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Boermann bites of the corners and eats them like hard candy. No worries some are biters and others just like to lick.

Does he really - that is so funny!!

We have two mares that scrape their bottom teeth on them - annoying to listen to - the rest are much more dignified and lick it instead...
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Old 06-08-2007, 01:35 PM   #5
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I do not know how he breaks the salt off, if he cannot find a corner he just stomps it until cracks appear
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Old 06-08-2007, 01:36 PM   #6
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He really is a character...
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Old 06-08-2007, 01:56 PM   #7
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My daughter's horse absolutely DESTROYS her salt blocks! Laura said she has to buy a new one every week.
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Spooky slobbers all over hers. This winter they went without one for a few weeks...well, you'd think we'd starved her. Drooled like a Saint Bernard all over the new one as soon as it went in!
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We have 1 horse that breaks his block all to pieces within a day. He goes from his lick to the water bucket till there isn't much left to the salt block. We gave him a apple Jolly toy and he doesn't mangle the lick quite so bad now.
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Old 06-09-2007, 08:22 AM   #10
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Biting is normal, as is drinking the water that pools in the little indents on the end after a rain shower.

Silly horseys.
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:04 PM   #11
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My paint gelding stomped on the block until it broke into pieces, then ate them like hard candy. What a little piggy!
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Old 06-13-2007, 07:25 AM   #12
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After many years of observing horses I've come to the conclusion that horses don't like licks and would prefer it either in chips or chuncks. I use an old wood chisel and have a go at the block, knocking off thin chips. The horses love these. Try pickling salt and see how fast a cupful will disappear.
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