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QUESTION
Hello Horse Speacialist, Could you give me the proper amounts of Dical 18.5%, 38% calcium, salt and any other macro minerals to mix together for a free choice mineral for my horses and approximately how much to look for them to consume in a days time.

I have also been looking for plans for a wood hay feeder to feed small square bales in for 4 head of horses. Would you know where I could find some plans.

Thank you for your time,

Rob Gerbitz


ANSWER

Feeding free choice minerals can make a lot of sense for some situations such as for horses on pasture that are not consuming very much grain to use as a carrier for the supplemental minerals. A 50/50 mix of dicalcium phosphate and trace mineralized salt, or a mixture of 25% calcium carbonate, 25% monosodium phosphate and 50% trace mineralized salt would be reasonable for free choice blends of minerals. You should expect that horses will eat 2-3 ounces per day, but they may eat more initially if they have been without supplemental minerals previously.

Wooden hay feeders tend not to last very long, so metal ones would be better in most situations. Following are some links for ideas that might work for you.

The Ultimate Square Bale Hay Feeder Hay Feeders Ramm Fence Hay Feeders State Line Tack E-Z Hay Feeder







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