Originally Posted by walkinthewalk
I was going to stay out of this but
While Tractor Supply has their own brand of "Omega-3 Horseshine that is a lot cheaper, I buy Omega-3 Horseshine made by Omega Fields.
TSC does sell it but their stocking philosophy (from corporate) is they only re-stock what they sell. Meaning if one bag of something is all that gets sold in a month, that's all that will be on the delivery truck the next month unless the customer requests to have more put on the truck. <---believe me that doesn't work half the time
Anyway, I pay $39.00/20 lb bag of Omega-3 Horseshine and have just started buying it from the hometown feed store, whom I would much rather give my $$$ to anyway
I feed it to three horses daily and a 20 lb bag lasts me five weeks. Both the vet and the Trimmers comment on the great condition my horses hooves are in.
Five weeks equals .875 cent per day for three horses. That is .29 cents per day per horse.
I don't have to go on the hunt for a 50# bag of flax that might be bad because it's sat in the back of the feed store for months on end, and I don't have to waste time grinding seeds.
If I may use "Vidaloco's" numbers, please
$72.48 for a 50# bag. Vida uses 1/3 cup ground daily, I use 1/2 cup daily.
Using my numbers that 1/2 cup per horse equals 1-1/2 cups daily and costs me .875 cents per day, that means a 50 lb bag of Vida's flax seed should last me around 12.5 weeks?
That comes out to .173 cent daily for me to feed three horses. That means Vida saves ~.12 cents daily or $3.60/monthly to feed flax that has to be ordered in, then the time taken to grind it up in a grinder.
I have four horses and two have metabolic issues plus arthritis, and one of them foundered last year so he still requires some special care, on my part, in-between trimmer visits.
My math, even with a calculator is bad so I may have screwed this up royally, but my time is worth a lot more than $3.60/mo.
Not to mention, I would have to have the flax shipped to Mr. WTW's place of work. Our house sits more than 500' off the road, therefore the gate down by the road is always locked. UPS doesn't tell anyone when they're going to deliver - for me saving $3.60/mo is just not worth the hassle
I am issuing a mathmatical disclaimer - I may need corrected on my calculations because I really am math stupid --- that made my Master Machinist father very happy - right
I think your math is off...
I'm paying, after a hefty price raise in the omega horseshine, 47$ for 20 lbs at TSC( way more un the omega fields website, 57, I believe).
Ration per horse 1 cup, I measured, its 4 oz. 20lbs=80 servings, 59 cents per serving.
The foodgrade flax mentioned above comes out to 35 cents per serving.
Feed grade flax, like what I'm getting, 31$/50lbs comes to 16 cents per serving..
So, the difference between the omega horseshine and the foodgrade flax for three horses is 21$/month( I'm leaving "my" flax out if it)
I do wholeheartedly agree that the omega horseshine produces GREAT results, I was always happy with it. I will decide if I stick with straight flax or go back to the horseshine, when the bag is empty.