I'm looking to cut down on the cost of feed. I'm encountering some financial difficulties and I wouldn't mind cutting costs without sacraficing on my geldings nutritional needs.
13 year old Quarter Horse gelding. Always been an easy keeper. Outdoor board for spring/summer/fall and Indoor board over the winter. Free-choice grass hay is available at all times. Ridden 1-2 hours 2-3 days a week, so light work IMO.
Currently he is fed 1lb Gro n' Win twice daily (product info here - Product Details - Gro 'n Win) and one 50lb bag is $35.25 (lasts ~25 days) and on top of this he gets 1 scoop of 3000mg glucosamine ($35/month) and 1 tbsp yucca ($5-7/month). $50 to supplement him with Vitamin A orally throughout the winter as he has been deficient this year...
The vet actually has concerns of an allergy to an ingredient in the Gro n' Win which is causing an oily skin which is leading to other problems. I'm not on board with this theory yet but ... may be an interesting test to see what happens if I do change up our products.
I have considered other ration balancers but I cannot feed anything with molasses. I have been working hard to slim down this gelding over the years and he's still a bit too heavy. He does not need unnecessary sugars, I don't want to start having problems... That's making something available here difficult to find. I already travel 45-60 mins to purchase the Gro n' Win. Everything else available here molasses in it.
My question to you guys....
What about feeding hay cubes (I'm fairly certain these need soaking before feeding) and a vitamin/mineral supplement??? I certainly think this would be cost effective over the long run but I'm undecided if this is a better option??
For supplements I am considering:
Nutriquin classic - http://www.bionicheanimalhealth.com/...c-Brochure.pdf
Nutriquin Elite - http://www.bionicheanimalhealth.com/...%20English.pdf
Which both seem pretty reasonable. I consider the Elite considering I may do more with him...
My gelding means the world to me. If this not a good idea I will certainly work till I drop to make sure he has everything he needs... but I wouldn't mind cutting down on cost if possible.