Bran opens up the food mass and encourages the horse to chew better not less.
Originally Posted by Saranda
I wouldn't be adding mash to grain, but giving it separately. The structure of a mash is generally softer than of grain and, if these two are mixed together, then the horse gobbles up everything faster, not caring to chew the grain, thus it is harder for him to digest, thus can lead to colics.
If you feed too much bran over a long period Bran will upset the balance of Calcium to Phosphorous. Even with Calcium supplements bran contains phytates that block the absorption of Calcium. As spirit says feeding it won't stop him getting colic.
Originally Posted by spirit88
Iv heared giving bran mashes throws off the calcium, phosphorus ratios don't know if its true but that's what I was told. Was also told bran mashes wont keep a horse from colicing either. I personally wouldnt bother with bran mashes but that's me.
Ensure that his teeth are not sharp as this can upset digestion, if on a sandy soil give phsyllium husks regularly (talk to your vet as to how much and how often)Also ensure that your worming program is up to date too as a mass of worms can also cause colic.
Bran will open up the digestive system and when fed in a large quantity as in the 'bran mash on a sunday night' will encourage faster the movement of the digestive system.
Originally Posted by Elana
Bran mash actually has the OPPOSITE affect on a horse than the Old Tymers have said it has.
Feed enough good hay so there is some in front of the horse all the time and have plenty of water conveniently located. That will do more to prevent colic than bran mash.
OP You've done the right thing by changinf what you have been feeding over a period of time. Your horse colicking probably had nothing to do with what you were feeding.
Personally I don't feed bran because it is an expensive way to feed nothing to your horse - it contains very little goodness. I find chaff at leasts adds some nutrients to the food and slows the horse down considerably when eating.
I think you were just unlucky with the colic.