I add salt to my horse’s feed most of the year. Sure, he has a salt lick but I don’t count on him getting enough salt that way.
When it gets really hot out, like it was last week, I make my own electrolyte mixture. Electrolytes are good when you need to replace minerals after a workout or when your horse is sweating a lot.
I love to use grocery store items when possible. Not only is it easier than driving to the tack store but it’s always a lot cheaper. I mean, have you ever gone into your tack store or onto an online horse supplies website and ONLY bought the one thing you went in to get?
- 2 parts table salt
- 2 parts Lite salt
- Some recipes also include 1 part Tums antacids to add calcium and protect the stomach.
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I do the same. I skip the tums though, because my horse gets mostly alfalfa, and don’t want to add more calcium/magnesium to his diet! Can see it would be wonderful addition for a horse on grass or oat hay. Also, the dollar store is an awesome place to shop for brand name (Tums) antacids… 🙂
There was an item on the Horse.com about research indicating a link between feeding electrolytes and ulcers. About saving money, I shop the cattle/livestock aisle at Tractor Supply, the same ingredients tend to cost a few dollars less when there’s not a picture of a horse on the label.
Hi Beverly, I hadn’t heard that before. Perhaps that’s why some recipe’s include the Tums (calcium) to buffer the stomach. Like Jane, I also feed alfalfa so I haven’t bothered to add those. I also feed only salt unless I feel my horse needs the “replenishment” of an electrolyte dose.
In response to your question, SmartPak has posted a response on their blog that was written by a vet — she recommends using electrolytes in feed to stimulate drinking and doesn’t feel that moderate supplementation is a problem. Here’s a link to their article. She does reference a study that was done on endurance horses that did show a correlation between stomach ulcers and electrolytes but these horses are also getting a higher and more frequent dosage than most horses. Of course, given that a supplement company is posting the answer, that needs to be considered in the overall decision!
I’ve been debating about adding this to my mares diet, so thank you very much for the info and recipe! 🙂
For a 1000 lb horse, how much of the home made recipe do you suggest?