Originally Posted by garysheets
Ration balancers are fine if you have a base line to work from. If you don't have a clue what your hay is providing you don't have a clue if you need it or how much.
I wouldn't add anything if not needed, your just wasting your money. If you do need it then you should know that also.
I just think far to many people don't look at there hay close enough and just waste money on useless supplements when all they need is a good hay. You'll get more out of paying an extra $.50 a bale then on a bucket of $50.00 supplements.
Many of us can't have our hay tested me included. My hay guys does 10 properties, and there is no cheap testing around me. I am having my pasture tested and seeded and all this year BUT doing a round bale every week is not an option :)
Ration balancers run about 50 cents a day on average, 50lb bags run about $25 a bag and will last 50 days for MOST horses.