In Illinois, when purchasing horse tack or horse feed, have you considered a mineral block? Mineral blocks are usually less than 5 percent mineral and more than 95 percent salt. Since horses are inefficient lickers, this may not meet their vitamin and mineral requirements. Try providing a free-choice loose salt-vitamin-mineral mix.
Here is a hot tip for horse tack in Illinois.A wide-sized saddle from one English saddler may not be the same “wide” as another manufacturer: the tree flap widths and flocking (stuffing) vary. This is the same for western; one saddler’s idea of a standard Quarter Horse bar may differ from another’s. If your saddle is too wide, one thick pad can make up one size. A saddler can also help by re-stuffing a too wide English saddle. How much horse feed are you giving your horse at one time in Illinois? Horses are non-ruminant herbivores (hind-gut fermentors). Their stomach is small and has a capacity of 2 to 4 gallons for an average-sized 1000 lb. horse. This limits the amount of feed a horse can take in at one time. They are grazers that spend about 16 hours a day on pasture grasses. Horses are unable to regurgitate food, so if they overeat or eat something poisonous vomiting is not an option.