Organizing daily mineral supplements. I have 2 horses, 2 different weights, ages, energy requirements, each with her own supplement mix. I mix one month's worth of all 12 (blush) minerals+supplements on the same day for both horses. That means I dip into each supplement 2 times in one day and put it away for another month. To prepare, I multiply the daily amount for each horse by 30 days. I put the 30 day total in a feed bucket with a tight lid, and, after mixing it up, weigh the monthly mixture. This total weight I divide by 30 to get the 1/30th to feed each day. I write this number on a piece of masking tape on the bucket with the horse's name.

This means that each day I don't measure out 3 tablespoons of salt, two teaspoons of Vit. E, ΒΌ teaspoon of magnesium oxide, 1 teaspoon of chondroitin, etc. Instead of measuring magnesium oxide 30 times in a month/horse, I measure it once a month for 30 times the daily amount. Repeat for all 12 minerals+supplements I give each horse. To feed, I measure out of the bucket until I use up 30 daily doses. I measure each day, but I don't. About every 10 days I measure out 10 individual daily doses and put each in a baggie or a plastic storage container. I store each horse's daily baggies in a drawer. As feed time, I dump the supplements on the dampened cubes+pellets, mix and feed.

Why this is better. 12 measures initially for the mix + 30 daily dose measurements = 42 measurements a month/horse, for a total of 42 x 2 = 84 measurements per month. If I measured each supplement each day for each horse, it would be 12 each day x 30 days, or 360 measurements/horse x 2 horses = 720 measurements per month.

There's another reason it's better. It's easy to make mistakes measuring. It's hard to measure tiny amounts. This process limits number of measurements and avoids the need to weigh out tiny amounts. It is a lot easier to weigh 30 grams once than 1 gram 30 times. I could make my life easier by giving my mares the same supplement mix, splitting the difference in their weights and nutritional needs.

All this work, of course, is why people use store bought balancers.