Poll Recap: Supplement Expenses

Of the 1,045 respondents, 227 (22%) said they spend $21-$40 per month on supplements per horse.

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Does your horse receive supplements in his diet? In a recent online poll, we asked our readers how much they spend monthly on supplements, in addition to feed and concentrates, for an individual horse. More than 1,000 readers responded and we’ve tallied the results!

Of the 1,045 respondents, 227 (22%) said they spend $21-$40 per month on supplements for their horse. Another 199 individuals (19%) said they spend $41-$60 per month, while 165 respondents (16%) spend $1-$20 on a monthly basis. An additional 127 readers (12%) said they spend $61-$80 for supplements per month, and 102 people (10%) spend $81-$100 per month. Only 78 (7%) respondents spent more than $100 on supplements each month. The remaining 147 respondents (14%) do not supplement their horse.

Additionally, more than 90 people commented on their horse’s monthly supplement expenses: 

Poll Recap: Monthly Supplement Expenses

In a recent online poll, readers shared how much they spend on supplements monthly, for an individual horse. Of the 1,045 respondents, 227 (22%) said they spend $21-$40 per month on supplements.

Many people commented on the supplements they currently feed their horse:

  • “I custom mix my supplements based on forage analyses.”
  • “I use a lot of herbs for my horses.”
  • “The only supplement I'm giving now is psyllium.”
  • “I feed weight gain and joint supplements.”
  • “I feed a vet-recommended supplement called U-Gard.”
  • “I feed biotin.”
  • “Only give a vitamin mineral supplement in the winter.”
  • “I feed Cosequin and an anhidrosis supplement.”
  • “I feed anti-flam from Omega-Alpha.”
  • “I use a general overall vitamin and a scoop of flax. I purchase these in bulk so my costs are lower.”
  • “My horse gets three different supplements three time a week.”
  • “I use one bag of Blue Seal Minivite every three months plus liquid chaste berry for my laminitic horse.”
  • “I feed biotin at the farrier's recommendation and joint support at the vet's recommendation for the older horse.”
  • “I feed probiotics and omega-3 and -6 oil.”
  • “I use joint supplements mostly.”
  • “Everybody gets a probiotic; the older guys get arthritis meds as well. Probably about $15 per animal per month.”
  • “I use Cosequin, Adequan, and Glanzen Lite”
  • “My mare gets an all-in-one supplement that supports joints and hoofs, and has omega-3 fatty acids.”
  • “I feed a basic coat supplement and hoof care pellets.”
  • “I supplement with probiotics.”
  • “I feed psyllium for sand colic prevention ... that's all.”
  • “I feed joint supplements, Cough-Free, biotin, and others.”
  • “I feed Clovite to our performance horses and breeding stock.”
  • “I only feed minerals to balance the hay—no commercial supplements.”
  • “I use Farriers Formula for my Arabian. He has the worst hooves I have ever seen! It costs about $1 a day.”
  • “I feed a multivitamin because of poor hay and pasture, and no grain for 'easy keepers.' "
  • “I use Cosequin and Remission for my 13-year-old draft cross competing in dressage.”
  • “My horse's joint, hoof, and vitamin B-1 supplements run just under $70 per month.”
  • “I use SmarkPaks.”
  • “I now use human-grade natural vitamin E since it's cheaper and more regulated than horse products.”
  • “I have a senior horse with bad teeth. He gets two scoops of finely ground corn meal.”
  • “I only use a joint supplement.”
  • “My 31-year-old Mini stallion gets a very pricey joint supplement but he is so small (that it only costs) $5 per month.”
  • “I use weight gain additives.”
  • “I feed a hoof supplement since she's barefoot in the back.”

Several people who said they spend more that $100 per month on supplements per horse shared what their supplement bill normally is each month:

  • “With polyglycan injections probably, $200 per month.”
  • “I spent, for a short time, $160 per month. I think all of this extra 'stuff' was not good.”
  • “I spend $110 on SUCCEED paste and $45 for natural vitamin E.”
  • “$350”
  • “$116”
  • “$150”
  • “$200”
  • “$120”
  • “I spend $125 for ulcer meds and about $60 for electrolytes and vitamins/amino acids for my racehorse.”
  • “$180”
  • “$250”
  • “I pay 350.00 for a 25-pound bucket of Platinum Performance CJ.”
  • “$175”
  • “$150”
  • “$180”
  • “$149”
  • “$140”
  • “$120”
  • “$250”
  • “$130”
  • “$120”
  • “$114”
  • “$195”
  • “$125”
  • “$150”
  • “$140”
  • “My bill is $153.36, including tax, for one supplement that benefits the whole horse (i.e. joints, digestion, hoof, skin, etc).”
  • “$140”
  • “I spend $105-$110 for a combination of joint, digestive, and immune supplements fora  34-year-old gelding.”
  • “$250”
  • “$150”
  • “$400”
  • “$150”
  • “$300”

Others said that their horses do not receive supplements in their diet:

  • “I use a fully fortified feed and my horses have no unusual conditions needing supplements.”
  • “I have healthy horses on grass hay. No supplements other than psyllium for sand consumption.”
  • “(Supplements are) rarely needed with good, balanced feed and care.”
  • “No supplements. My horses are  out on a 10-acre pasture.”

And a few left general comments about supplements:

  • “We can't use salt blocks (as they poison sheep), so we use a mineral supplement.”
  • “They're all useless. All they do is build up in the bottom of the feed bin/bucket.”
  • “I can’t afford them, but if I can I give Vita Horse.”
  • “They're worth every penny.”
  • “We are in an area with substantial hay deficiencies. It is imperative to augment as the hay is poor.”
  • “The supplements are in the feed that I give them.”

You can learn more by downloading a free report about equine supplements, listen to a podcast to find out if your horse requires supplements if you are feeding quality hay, or find addtional information on our supplements topic page on TheHorse.com! 

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About the Author

Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer

Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer, is a lifelong horse owner who competes with her Appaloosas in Western performance events. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development, and master's degree in Career, Technical, and Leadership Education. She currently lives on a small farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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