She would tell us what she believed was wrong with the horse, what she was doing and why. She would show us what needed to be done over the time period and would call to see how the animal was progressing. I liked this attitude.
Ginger Ferguson
Ferguson Horse Ranch
Trace Minerals and Horses - An article by Stacy Elliot

Many of us horse owners question the type of salt we should offer our horses. There is a variety of mineral blocks to choose from, selenium, sulfur, cobalt, trace mineral, etc.

If possible it is nice to put out a small block of each to allow your horse to choose the mineral they are lacking. The problem with these salt blocks is the iodized/refined salt that has been chemically refined losing 70 or more nutrients. Refined salt also contains anticaking agents to prevent salt from mixing with water this also happens when being digested preventing hydration.

I believe the most important salt to be feeding [ along with a mineral block] is unrefined Celtic sea salt. Celctic sea salt is loose salt and includes over 80 essential trace minerals, it is not refined/iodized and is great for a number of things. The trace minerals in Celtic sea salt increases digestion, helps the nervous system function better by protecting the myelin sheath around the nerves, trace minerals also help carry nutrients into cells and keep electrolytes in a healthy balance. When the body has to little salt it may show signs as decreased appetite, profuse sweating, sore muscles and joint stiffness. When horses sweat they release large amounts of trace minerals and because our feed does not contain as many minerals as it should it is important to supplement.

Trace minerals in pure form allow horses to preform better to achieve their natural wild horse power.

To make your own electrolyte solution combine:

• 1 litre of water
• 1 tsp of Celtic sea salt
• Juice of one lemon, lime or orange

May administer with a syringe. This is a good recipe for any performance horse.