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Horse & Rider Gear is an online glossary of terms and definitions commonly encountered by horse lovers. Click on the links below to choose from our alphabetical list of terms.

Blocks, Salt and Protein

Salt and protein blocks provide nutrients that supplement a horse's primary diet. Most horses benefit from unrestricted access to a trace mineral salt block.

Molasses protein blocks are primarily useful for horses whose diets are unusually low in protein; access should be regulated.

A horse that overindulges in protein blocks can be subject to colic, dehydration, or diarrhea.

Horses can also benefit from calcium and phosphorous blocks, depending on their age and diet.