A Salty Tale

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Folks, salt is important for your horse. Unlike us heathen humans, horses self-regulate their salt intake quite well. They don’t get enough to meet requirements naturally occurring in their feed, so make sure you provide some. Here are a few options.

Trace mineral block: My horse quite likes these, but I give him a vitamin/mineral supplement, so I worry about any mineral toxicity issues it could cause.

Himalayan salt block: He likes these pretty little wheels a little too much, disposing of one in about a week.

Redmond Rock: Had one of these sitting in the trough for a while and he won’t touch it. Sad.

So, we’re going to try the PLAIN WHITE SALT. This is still second best to a feeder of loose plain salt, which I hear is the closest to ideal, but I don’t have a feeder or a source of a gazillion pounds of loose salt. We’ll see if it does better than “the rock”!

Body Clipping Time

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Here in Southern California, it doesn’t get very cold. Don’t listen to the people who say they’re “freezing” when it hits 54 degrees – either they are exaggerating (guilty) or have never left the 25-mile radius.

Thus, if you ride your horse a lot in the winter, he will sweat. A lot. Even though I have an assortment of lovely blankets for my horse, I confess to being a tiny bit lazy about the whole rigamorole of blanketing. I need my horse to cool out faster but stay warm when he needs to.

Introducing… the trace clip. People probably think I am a horse abuser by not blanketing in the winter with a partially clipped horse, but this guy made it through zero and below living outdoors before we moved here. I figure if it drops to 42 once, he’ll survive. Say it with me… “Just because I’m cold, it doesn’t mean my horse is cold.”

Critical temperature for healthy horses in proper weight with a full winter coat is around 20 degrees F (assuming no precipitation/wind). My horse has shelter if it does rain, so this will be our third winter rocking the partial clip, no blanket. THE HORROR! But I think he looks pretty cute 🙂