Update at the end:
Putting this here to help me and whoever else needs some guidance! I fully admit, I am probably a bit extra when it comes to supplements for my horse but I can explain and justify every single one😅. I will give a bit of a rundown for the sake of full picture and I hope people that run boarding barns or do feed for barns or have some experience in any of this and those who have been in my shoes too chime in to help me out because I need to know how much, is too much to ask a barn to feed. Anyway, this is what he gets (not including grain) and a short why:
Magnesium (liquid pump): had major deficiency causing behavioral and physical problems, probably will always be on mag, grass/hay very low in mag in my area
Cal Trace Plus: on it for his feet, he is barefoot and has had huge improvement in hoof quality while on this, also will probably always be on it
Chia Seeds: on this for the Omega 3 anti-inflammatory power and maintenance metabolic regulation (he’s an easy keeper and this has been great for his condition, topline, and also his feet)
So this is pretty manageable IMO and no one has said anything however, some things have come up with my boy that I want to address. Namely, he really should be on a joint supplement and a gut supplement. He doesn’t have anything so drastic that injections or full treatment is needed, but should have some preventative care for his joints at this stage and he has Fecal Water Syndrome, can be quite gassy/bloated and overall isn’t super happy to work and be forward, nothing overt but its not him. Nothing screaming ulcers like girthiness, kicking, lots of bucking, being nappy, etc but baby hindgut ulcers maybe there and horses are good at hiding so I want to see if it gives him relief to be on something for gut support.
So my bottom line question is: Is 5 supplements overkill, should I not do that to the barn worker, or is it a reasonable ask. Unfortunately these are all separate containers, no handy smartpaks. For reference, I board at a “small” (14-16 horses) show barn, the board hits just about at 2k a month, the horses get loads of turnout and plenty of hay to keep tummies happy. I just don’t want to be THAT boarder that takes up the entire feed room (that’s an exaggeration and I don’t want to be a nuisance but I want my boy to be feeling better and I would hope that adding the 2 supplements helps him). I would just like to know if I am unreasonable by asking this or if I am being paranoid about offending or being a pain. Thank you!
Edit: Instead of replying individually I wanted to put it up at the top. On recommendations from replies (thank you!) and some suggestions of bags v Tupperware or twist containers I asked the people that feed at the barn and what they had for suggestions as well as what was suggested on here and they were very grateful for the simplification for their job, and said that they prefer the structured twist top containers and the pelleted mag is definitely an improvement! They certainly are not the type to ask the owner to simplify the supplements, they will bend over backwards to get it done, so I am glad I was able to make this easier for them and I really appreciate all the advice!
I am also replacing his Nupafeed Magnesium with the Mag Pellets from Performance Equine Nutrition (anyone have luck with this brand?) so I hope it is an easy transition and doesn’t aggravate the FWS. The Nupafeed Mag hasn’t changed it as he has been on it for 9 months now with no change in his FWS which he had before starting the mag. Looking for a gut supplement with the Bio-Mos and YeaSacc to try to help his FWS and I also joined an FWS Facebook group. Apparently healing FWS is a trial and error situation, so far less hay and more grass/turnout has helped ease it a bit. He is now out 24/7 with shelter rather than out 14 hrs and stalled the rest getting more hay than just grass. I will certainly update if I find something that really heals his FWS and what our final magic potion ends up as😅