Most donkey, horse and mule owners may not think about salt. Did you know that salt blocks were actually designed for cattle? Cows have rough tongues that can easily lick the block. A block of salt is better than nothing at all. The best is loose (granular) salt.
Donkeys, mules and horses have smoother tongues than a cow and may not actually get their needed amount of salt from a block. They may end up biting the block in an attempt to get more, which can lead to teeth and jaw or tooth problems. The equine suffering from salt- deficient may lick or chew on objects or may actually lick or eat dirt.
Test your hay to find out how much selenium is in your hay?
Hay for donkeys should have no alfalfa. Test 10% or lower in sugar and protein.
If you have no selenium in your hay purchase equine salt with selenium.
If your hay has selenium purchase salt with no selenium.
No worries about equine over consuming lose salt. Simply place in a separate container in the shelter or give a little at night. Your choice.
Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC
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