Getting a 11 year old AQHA. He's a fairly easy keeper but hasn't been in much work. Right now he gets two scoops(Typical 3qt scoop I believe I don't have him here yet so not totally sure) of Purina Strategy a day then probably 3-6 flakes of some alfalfa mix hay I believe. I think it's O'N'A? T'N'A something of that sort... And he's in great shape fat wise.. Doesn't have much of pasture though but neither do we.
Right now I have a hermathia(sp?) jiggs round bale in the barn, and am planning on ordering a large alfalfa/timothy bale(800lbish square bale) to supplement with. Personally I would rather NOT have him on grain or maybe just like a cup of grain to mix in supplements with. I could go with a rationbalancer, but pricing out the supplements I picked out it's cheaper this way really...
I'm wanting to put him on;
Apple-A-Day - 5 lbs
Garlic Flakes - 2.2lb Bag
Mega-Cell - 5lb bucket
MSM - 4lb
The MSM is because he's 11 and also he may have sweet itch and I found garlic/msm supplements helped a bit with my old gelding's sweet itch. So I planned to put him on those, then the mega-cell is a vitamin supplement for grass type hays and the electrolytes as i'm in florida and he's going back into heavier work.
Does that seem okay? It would come out to $20.10 a month... Yes, I can go out and get grain but I'd rather not... The closest place with Ration Balancers is an hour away. Which isn't to far but I could just get this shipped easier..
Everyone tells me to get a mineral block and just stick that in the pasture but do they sell specific type of mineral blocks that are similar to a vitamin/mineral supplement??
Considering I'm paying $130 for a bale of T'N'A *sighs* I'm trying to keep him as economically as possible haha....