I sure understand about work getting in the way
What's your feed routine? When you get home from work and before you leave? If your up a few hours on either end, you might still squeeze in a third feeding.
I feed the ulcer meds, mixed in rice bran around 7:30 AM; they also get about a pound of hay, just to wake their tummies up.
I go down around 9:00 AM with their supplements that have more rice bran mixed in, give them another pound of hay while I get everyone ready for turnout.
They get their last portion of rice bran and supplements around 7:00 PM.
It all works and nobody gets sick eating two meals fairly close together.
The other option might be to stick to twice a day but cut the TC Senior back to one pound daily, as that is the minimum to get all the required vit/min in them. Make up the difference with rice bran, in the two feedings.
Yes, soak the cubes. I soak them and hand crush them into wet grass mush so nobody chokes.
I measure out 1 pound of dry cubes per horse, then soak.
I called Manna Pro (who sells Max-E-glo rice bran) and asked about amounts, since the bag says a max of 2 lbs pounds daily.
The 25 yo with hind gut ulcers only gets rice bran, so they said I could up him to as much as six pounds a day if I have to.
He's at 3-3/4 lbs daily and has already gained weight, since I started the new diet in the first week of October.
The 26+ Arab is on the TC Sr. He is only 13.3H and ~840 lbs. He's been getting 2 lbs of rice bran daily and also has put on a few pounds since the first week of October.
Both these guys have ulcers; the rice bran settles well and digests. They leave me lots of piles to muk in the mornings
Someone else has mentioned rice bran oil. I think that's a great idea in warm weather but, even here in Tennessee, anything oil gets really yukky and hard to deal with under 45 degrees. We wash feed pans after every feeding. If I used oil in the colder weather, I would have to carry hot water to the barn to wash them clean