Most ration balancers are pretty inexpensive when you consider the cost per day, even if the cost per bag seems high. At my feed store, a 50 lb bag of Triple Crown 30% Supplement is $32. At 1 lb per day (the recommended rate for a 1000 lb horse) that's $0.64 per day. It's cheaper than many of the low dose vitamin/mineral supplements out there while providing, in many cases, more nutrition. Posted via Mobile Device
Just about any ration balancer is going to be less expensive or about the same price as a "regular bag of grain". I just switched my mare to triple crown 30%, which I knew I should have done from the beginning. I picked it because she has notoriously crappy hooves and hair and the TC had added biotin. It's more expensive for the bag but my mare is eating 1/3 as much now! Posted via Mobile Device
Purina Enrich is the least expensive in my area and I use it or Essential K (basically whichever my feed store has in stock) pretty much interchangeably - I will mix the new bag w/ what is left of the old bag for my easy keepers.
However, the price difference between the Enrich and the Essential K is about $1 per 50 pound bag, so I don't stress about it.
The thing about ration balancers is that they're not cheap up front. But when you do the math, and compare daily cost of feeding 1 lb of a balancer with 5-6 lbs of a feed the balancer comes out cheaper. If you have an easy keeper that needs vit/min/protein supplementation it's the way to go.