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Horses: Electrolytes and Performance Horses: Is a Salt Block Enough?

The professionals at Kentucky Equine Research (KER) answer questions frequently about how best to nourish equine athletes, from low-level performance horses to Olympic hopefuls. The importance of daily electrolyte supplementation for high-performance horses is well known, as regular sweating leads to electrolyte loss, and without appropriate replacement, performance suffers. But what about other performance horses, those engaged in light or moderate exercise?

All horses should have access to salt, regardless of age or workload.

Would free-choice access to a white or mineralized salt block negate the need for a daily electrolyte supplementation?

Maybe, maybe not.

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