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    02-03-2009, 02:40 AM
  #11
Trained
Bran Mash is really bad for horses. I commend your horse for not eating it!
Definitely look into a nutritionally balanced ration.
     
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    02-04-2009, 03:13 PM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Equus or English    
I thought it would be a good extra supplement for them once and a while. Those are interesting links though. Maybe I'll look into finding something different.
If you want to feed some extra goodies once in a while, I recommend buying different fruits and veggies and experimenting with what they like best. Mine like zucchini, cantalope, pears, broccoli, and of course carrots and apples. If we have one of those for dinner or lunch, I'll save a bowl for them. Or when I clean the fidge, if there are leftovers that are still decent, but I know we won't eat them, I'll toss them in the feed buckets.

If you want to feed them something hot, make some soupy oatmeal and toss a couple of peppermints or some raisins in it.

Daily I feed my horses my own mix of alfalfa pellets, whole oats, 1 cup of milled flax (Nutra Flax from horsetech.com), and a vitamin supplement. I don't like feeding sweet feed or pelleted feed, too much sugar and byproducts.
     
    02-04-2009, 03:57 PM
  #13
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
Bran Mash is really bad for horses.
That is a blanket statement not 100% true.

The base of the mash can interfere with calcium absorption, or the phosphorus ratio but as a way to get medication, electrolytes or supplements into a horse - it's not 'really bad'.
     
    02-04-2009, 09:27 PM
  #14
Foal
Bran can become a dependent laxative. I only use it when my mares have a foal. I will give the mare a scoop every feeding until the babies bowels are a little loose, then I cut it back till she is off of it. This keeps you from having to give a enema to your babies. Horses can become dependent on it to have a bowel movement and if taken away all at once can cause constipation. You know what that causes. I give my horses a treat of alfalfa hay. They love it. They will eat it first.
     
    02-05-2009, 12:48 AM
  #15
Trained
Sorry that this is off topic, but its similar.
I had bought a bag of bran mash off smartpak last year. I didn't use it (I had purchased it for my mare, but didn't use it because there is sweet feed in it) but I was thinking of splitting it up into quarters and giving it as a snack. Would giving it just once cause a lot of problems or most likely not?
     
    02-05-2009, 02:46 PM
  #16
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by appylover31803    
Would giving it just once cause a lot of problems or most likely not?
Most likely not.
     

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