Your Name; Name of animal that licked block; Type of animal(s)
July 24, 2016 9:55 AM   Subscribe

This September, the 10th annual Great Salt Lick Contest will be held in Baker City, Oregon. There's also a short public radio piece on a past event, and a less frame-filled facebook image gallary of past winners.
posted by eotvos (9 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I immediately love this. (And I'm the type of person who would stop and ponder these seriously if I encountered them in an art gallery.)
posted by escape from the potato planet at 10:01 AM on July 24, 2016

"Not only were the animals creating these blocks not getting paid, but they were being eaten."

Remarkable similar to the business model of the Huffington Post/Buzzfeed/etc.
posted by 445supermag at 10:11 AM on July 24, 2016 [8 favorites]

Fascinating how different the blocks end up.
posted by me3dia at 10:25 AM on July 24, 2016

A roommate of mine in ages past bought a salt lick for some reason, oh, 30 years ago. For a long time, it would be a pastime to try to get new people in the house who got drunk to lick the salt lick. Some would do it, some would not.

It never got licked down any discernible amount. But it was an amusing object to live with, and was amusing to taunt newcomers with.

(I never did lick it. Because ewwww.)
posted by hippybear at 10:48 AM on July 24, 2016

Neat! I would love to try this, but I'm pretty sure our local fauna (rabbits, rats and opossums) wouldn't make much of a dent. I could be wrong.
posted by pangolin party at 12:17 PM on July 24, 2016

How could I not know about this??? I've got $100000 art work out there.

After this many years, I know just about long a block should last per each horse/per amount worked/per season. Some horses like to chow down on a block just cause, and some of them need to be given access to loose salt if they're working hard in the heat, because they don't like licking a block that much.

Two summers ago, I noticed my horses acting salt-hungry--licking my hands and arms, mouthing on leather, etc. I kept several kinds of blocks--plain white, mineral brown, iodine red, and selenium yellow on a rock crib* between the pens. When I checked, the horses hadn't been working them, so I hauled out a tub of loose salt. They immediately congregated to lick out of the pan, and then suddenly there was a big fuss, a bunch of dust, and the tub upside down in the dirt with horses bucking and kicking as they shot out the gate. Wasps had taken over the salt licks and built nests in holes on the undersides of the blocks. I hate those little buggers. My Arab is still suspicious of block salt until some other horse licks it first.

I could send in an entry entitled "Art and Critics."

*A rock crib is a wire wrapped pile of rocks bracing a gate post. A good place to keep salt blocks off the ground.
posted by BlueHorse at 2:10 PM on July 24, 2016 [6 favorites]

name of street you grew up on. name of animal that licked the block. type of animal.
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 8:57 AM on July 25, 2016

I am very disappointed that this is not a contest to see who can lick a salt lick down to nothing fastest, like some sort of Tootsie Pop speed eating contest.
posted by Adridne at 8:58 AM on July 25, 2016 [1 favorite]

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