Even if you’re not familiar with Himalayan salt for horses, you’ve probably seen it around. Hanging on ropes in the feed store, on the health food store shelf, or even as a lamp.
But do we really need Himalayan salt for horses? And is it worth the cost?
Short answer: Maybe.
And here’s the long one:
What is Himalayan Salt?
Himalayan salt is a rock salt, mined from the Himalayas in Pakistan, and is believed to be one of the purest salts available.
Extracted from the mines by hand, it is then hand-crushed, hand-washed, and dried in the sun.
This leaves the natural minerals intact, unlike heavily processed “table salt” which is mostly just sodium chloride.
💲 This specific brand of Himalayan salt on a rope is most popular with my readers.
Why Use it
If you’ve ever have a regular salt block sitting untouched for months, you’ll want to give Himalayan salt a try.
Most horses love it, and seem to prefer over any other option. This can be especially useful in the summer months when your horse is sweating and needs the extra sodium, or in the winter if you want to encourage drinking.
It also contains small amounts of natural minerals and trace elements.
How to Use it
Himalayan salt can be fed in block form or loose and added to feed.
Blocks are ideal for horses that are turned-out in a herd, and because the salt is weather resistant it won’t disappear in the rain like regular pressed salt blocks.
For horses in a stall, blocks attached to the wall or hanging from a rope are great for reducing boredom and won’t break apart with chewing.
If your horse doesn’t seem interested in a block, adding loose Himalayan salt to their feed is a good alternative
Most horses typically need 1-2 oz daily, but be sure to check their feed labels to insure they don’t already have salt added thorough other source.
Is it worth it?
Maybe. If your horse already loves their regular salt block and you have no concerns about their intake you can probably skip it.
But if you’re looking to increase intake, want the benefits of a weather-and-chew resistant block, or just to keep your horse busy, it’s certainly worth it!
Tip: If your horse seems to devour the first Himalayan salt block, don’t worry. Their enthusiasm should taper off after a couple of weeks. Just make sure to have plenty of fresh water available.
Here’s a quick review of the benefits of Himalayan salt for horses:
- source of natural minerals
- increase sodium intake
- keeps horses busy
- durable and weather resistant
Have you tried Himalayan salt for horses?
My horse loves this salt lick. After she eats her morning and evening mash, she immediately goes and licks her salt which hangs near her feed bucket.
How does the Himalayan Salt on a Rope differ from Redmond on a Rope? Is one more beneficial for horses than the other?
I actually have one of each hanging in his stall. He does lick both.