DISCOVERY OF LICK SALT:
LICK SALT is a 550 million year old source of minerals and trace elements for your horse or pony. Mined from the Khewra Salt Mines at the foot of the Himalayan mountains in Pakistan, and transported by truck and train, these mines give the local mountain people one of their main sources of income. It is said that Alexander the Great discovered the mines when he traveled through South Asia, but in fact it was the horses that first alerted him to this rich mineral source! When Alexander’s army stopped to rest, the horses started licking the stones, one of the soldiers noticed this and tasted the rock stone and realised it was salty, thus leading to the discovery of the mines
COMPOSITION OF LICK SALT:
The distinctive rose pink color comes from the salt’s high mineral content, including iron, potassium, and magnesium, which are all vital for maintaining health. Mass-produced salt licks are produced using salt with minerals added in during the manufacturing process, but that’s not the case with Himalayan salt, where the minerals are naturally found within the salt. Himalayan rock salt licks are literally “rock hard,” meaning that horses and ponies are unable to bite chunks off the block, a problem than can occur with softer “pressed” salt licks. These licks are also more weather resistant, which means they can be safely left outside in the field for horses to “self-dose.”Our experience has show that horses do prefer these to other salt licks.
GREAT for Horses, Deer, Cows, Goats, Llamas, Sheep and other livestock.
HOW TO USE LICK SALT?
Lick salt can be hung anywhere you wish – on a padlock fence, outside or in. You can hang one in your horse’s stall and one on his favorite tree out in the pasture. Not to mention, these beautiful, mysterious salt licks look more like decorative crystals than a food source for your horse! They will add a hint of glitz and glamour to any stall or yard. But, if you hang a salt lick outside, you may be concerned about the elements – rain, wind, and snow. Have no fear: Himalayan salts are naturally weather resistant, making them hold up in even the roughest weather. The lick won’t dissolve in the rain or turn to mush in wet weather.
Without salt, animals could get sick. Every mammal requires salt. It is actually a necessary nutrient in our diets! Horses and other animals, like humans, lose minerals from their bodies as it is carried out in their sweat…one of the most abundant of these minerals is salt…Horses and other animals often lose lots of salt during very strenuous workouts. So, some owners try to help them replenish the lost salt by providing a salt lick. This helps your horse or animal to regain the lost salt quickly, however there are more reasons. Salt often makes you want to drink, right, so, it’s similar for horses. By having Salt Licks, Biotin and Vitamin E enriched mineral blocks available to your animals, they are also encouraged to drink more water to keep them hydrated!
HEALTH BENEFITS OF LICK SALT:
Calcium promotes muscle strength and nourishes the bones, leading to stronger and healthier bones, joints, teeth, and hooves.
The minerals found in Himalayan salt help to reduce the kidney’s workload by reducing water retention.
It helps maintain a healthy pH balance on a cellular level.
Magnesium is particularly good for your active horse, providing relief for tired and aching muscles.
Potassium is essential for a strong heart.
Iron keeps the blood healthy.
If a horse has been starved of salt or had a reduced intake for a prolonged period of time, it is best to control the amount of salt it gets until its craving for salt stabilizes, too much salt can leave your horse with an upset stomach along with other health issues.