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    In Baker City, Oregon, there is a Salt Lick Art contest every year. Started as a joke, but has grown into a huge fundraiser and quite the competition amongst the various ranchers. They have cattle, horse, goat and sheep "artists"--they auction them off for quite large sums. There is a PBS show out here called Oregon Field Guide that has profiled it twice now, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calvincrowe View Post
    In Baker City, Oregon, there is a Salt Lick Art contest every year. Started as a joke, but has grown into a huge fundraiser and quite the competition amongst the various ranchers. They have cattle, horse, goat and sheep "artists"--they auction them off for quite large sums. There is a PBS show out here called Oregon Field Guide that has profiled it twice now, I think.
    I had to google it- http://www.opb.org/programs/artbeat/segments/view/917 Honestly what a creative idea to raise money for charity... and some of the blocks do look rather artistic ;-) It was said that horses are boring... apparently they aren't as artistic as cows... and based on my blocks vs the ones they had... I think they're right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by M.K.Smith View Post
    I had to google it- http://www.opb.org/programs/artbeat/segments/view/917 Honestly what a creative idea to raise money for charity... and some of the blocks do look rather artistic ;-) It was said that horses are boring... apparently they aren't as artistic as cows... and based on my blocks vs the ones they had... I think they're right!
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    That's very much an expression of Oregon's sense of humor and purpose.
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    Oh, how I wish I'd saved some of my mare's salt blocks! She was an artiste!



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    It was said that horses are boring... apparently they aren't as artistic as cows.
    The reason that horse blocks aren't always as interesting is the different styles of eating and tongue use. A horse typically licks straight, like a cat. Cattle graze by wrapping their tongues around the grass, securing it against their palate and teeth, and ripping it loose with a movement of the head. Naturally the length and type of feed affect how efficiently this works. It does give them an artistic tongue that is far more creative as it wraps the block.
    Calvincrowe, the Baker event is the first one I thought of when I saw the thread title.
    As kids, my best friend and I considered it a treat to go out to the raised salt feeder used by their dairy cattle and get pieces of broken-off salt to eat. We weren't concerned about cow slobber, or excess salt in our diets.
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