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    Blue (cobalt) salt blocks

    Anybody use them for their horses, or know if you can? I was at the feed store the other day getting new salt and mineral blocks for my girls and the guy recommended getting a cobalt salt block too since they are chewing on my tack shed. When it was way below zero here, they were camping out down at the shed and someone (I'm sure I can guess who) started chewing on the shed. I'm not sure if she is the only one doing it, but I'm sure another one saw her doing it and thought it looked like fun (They are all a bunch of followers) Since it has warmed up, I haven't noticed any new chewing, but I thought I'd put the blue block out too if it was ok. I already put out the mineral and white salt block because I always keep them in the pasture, I just wanted to check on this other one before I put it in with them Thanks

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    Anybody? I'd really like to know
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    I know people that use those salt blocks, but I know nothing more then that. Sorry.

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    If you already have a mineral block, and a salt block, you really don't need to add in another salt block. The red blocks have more then enough salt to meet their needs, you don't even need the white one. It won't hurt them to put out a blue block, but it's totally unnecessary. Their wood chewing could be due to a mineral deficiency, but it could also be from boredom. If you're worried about it being a deficiency, I'd suggest trying either loose mineral, or even better, mixing it into their rations.
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    Thanks you guys! I appreciate your input
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    Colbalt salt: Horses have a very low requirement(0.1ppm for all horses). Blue colbalt salt blocks containing not less than 100ppm are on the market, and it appears likely that they could supply a horses needs. But in most cases, this wouldnt be necessary"
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    An old cowboy once told me that a cheap way to stop cribbing is to paint a light layer of used tractor oil onto the fence or wood that your horse is chewing on, and they won't even touch it after. Since it is your barn, it might not look good to paint it on there, but this is just a cheap method that works.

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    Just curious, since you stated that it happens mostly in cold weather..... do they have hay at all times ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaskAndi View Post
    An old cowboy once told me that a cheap way to stop cribbing is to paint a light layer of used tractor oil onto the fence or wood that your horse is chewing on, and they won't even touch it after. Since it is your barn, it might not look good to paint it on there, but this is just a cheap method that works.
    Sorry, but this old Cowboy gave you incorrect information.....my horse nearly died from such a thing...she got toxic poisoning from chewing on post that wher painted with tractor oil.

    You could however try spraying/placing white vinager on the area's they can get to.

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    Blue salt licks have very few benefits for horses. The best kind is the plain white ones, which is straight salt. I doubt it'll stop the chewing. Have you considered a cribbing collar?

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