So, a while back, I started buying Connor Himalayan salt blocks, as an experiment to see if Connor could be trusted with a salt block.
Two things about Connor: he drinks. A lot. And he pees. A TON. We have done all the requisite veterinary work to be able to say that this is just normal for him. And besides, it seems to be somewhat genetic. The first Castleberry Cob I ever lived with, Shae, peed so much the barn manager at the college relegated him to pasture life.
But I was taught in Equine Nutrition that horses should always have free choice salt and water, so I gave it a try out of curiosity.
Everything seemed to be okay. His peeing wasn't totally out of control, he was enjoying it but not too much. And then...
I came out to the barn one night around 6pm, when he had been in for about two hours, and his hind legs were TOTALLY stocked up. The above picture was taken after lunging, which caused them to go down pretty quickly. It was the week before championships, so I wrapped him overnight as a precaution.
Trainer said he was fine the whole next day, but Liz texted me to tell me he stocked up again about an hour after getting into his stall for the evening.
Now, I know standing around in a stall can cause them to stock up, but it's never happened to Connor, so I started looking for another reason. I had her pull the salt out of his stall that night as an experiment, and...
He never stocked up again.
So the moral of that story is, my horse can't be trusted with a salt block. The end.