You're pretty safe in thinking that he really doesn't need any grain and I would say that he probably doesn't need a ration balancer either. In the products you've listed, the Apple and the Mega Cell are redundant. Eliminate the Apple. Rarely does a horse really require a special electrolyte product because what are electrolytes? Salt, K, Ca and Mg mostly. All those product are found in every mineral blend plus some added salt. As far as sweet itch products, you should be incoporating an Omega 3 FA product. You can't go wrong with flax seed for the anti inflamatory properties. You can buy Omega Horseshine for an arm and a leg or just grind your own for $.16 a 4 oz portion. You can easily double or triple that amount when the bugs are bad. I've never tried MSN or garlic for sweet itch on horses but if you've seen it work, use it in conjunction with the flax. He does need something like the Mega Cell that is just a good all around vitamin/mineral blend. If you're all about being economical (not cheap), for $.12 you can feed Moorman's Grostrong plus mix in 50% stock salt for a grand total of $.14/day. The GS has by far the highest values (3X most of the mega cell values). As far as the mineral blocks, if you're talking about the regular trace mineral ones, save your money. They are 98% salt and only have very small amounts of the trace minerals. Your horse would have to consume most of the 50# block to get what he needs of those minerals. There are some soft lick products out there, Moorman's and Purina make one off the top of my head. They are better in that they have both the macro and trace minerals in them with only about 30% salt. They will be pricey ($20-30 probably) but they should replace the bagged mineral plus the extra white salt he needs.
Last edited by Left Hand Percherons; 04-01-2011 at 08:22 PM.