I have MUCH more of a problem with Mercola than I do with Wikipedia. At least Wiki is subject to fact checking by outsiders! :lol:
What a quack. Forty pounds of salt pales in comparison to 40 pounds of unadulterated BS! :D
But yeah, Himalayan salt is . . . basically salt, with some random contaminants that turn it different colors. I did have one horse that seemed to adore it, but my suspicion is after watching him over the years that he just liked the texture--he liked to lick other things that were smooth, and he would drill a big hole in a Himalayan block and just stick his tongue in there and play around--and when the block fell into pieces he'd ignore the rest.
Lol, I never know who likes what! But it does seem that mineral content affects coloration.
To the poster wanting to add just regular salt to the feed...I think you need to get the NON Idodized version. I cannot recall why.
But yes, I buy Morton table salt (or the generic equivilant at Walmart) adn add 1 tbsp to my mare's feed because she doesnt' drink much and doesn't seem to like the white salt block that I provide.
My gelding loves the salt block, but thankfully doesn't eat on it like candy!
I daresay that adding a tablespoon of salt to the overall intake of something as big as a horse is not going to matter, however, in terms of iodide intake one way or the other. :)
One must take anything the Great Quack Mercola says with a giant (wait for it) . . . grain of salt. :D
I seem to remember reading somewhere that Himalayan salt has potassium in it. At this point do not remember how reliable of a source it was that I read about the potassium but I read it on the interwebz so it must be true.
I didn't feed it or red salt blocks to Sonny since he was HYPP. I just didn't want to take a chance on it.
I want to point out, that I did forewarn that I grabbed the first non-Wikipedia link, but I thought wrong and should have grabbed Wikipedia. And it was to point out that Himalayan salt is...salt. With minerals. That's it.
In my experience, probiotics are good for horses who eat their manure. In most cases, they stop the undesirable behavior once they have been on probiotics for a day or two.