Confused about bran mash & mineral oil?!
I have 4 yr old paint gelding who had a very bad sand impaction colic last February. I'm new to the coast of Florida and was completely unaware of how unfriendly it for horses. Well, where I bought and stable my horse they bran mash with 1/2 a gal. Of mineral oil once a week to prevent any sand build up and colic. To my previous knowledge bran mash & min oil doesn't actually benefit your horse like people used to think it did? & that mineral oil has been studied and has no benefit in preventing colic? And wheat bran doesn't aid digestion or move intestinal contents along as some think it does. It actually irritates the hind gut and produces inflammation and overly high in phosphorus and not recommended for horses? My horse has been getting bran mash with 1/2 a gal. Of mineral oil for the past 4 years of his life and it obviously didn't help.
Today the vet came out unexpectedly and called to see if she could give my horse his shots that were due, I said Sure. When I got out to the stable this afternoon I look at the invoice to see that she had given him 1 tube of Dormosedan gel which she noted it "worked beautifully :)" ?!?! She had trouble with him the first time she came out but the past two times he's been a gem, I asked the stable owner if he was acting up for her to give him a whole tube of Dormosedan, she said No, she gave it to him "just in case" ?!
Anyway, also on the invoice she put "mash w/ oil tonight and twice a week."
IM SO CONFUSED ABOUT MINERAL OIL AND BRAN MASH!!! Is it or is it not beneficial for horses to prevent colic? I've read that it's actually bad for horses. HELP PLEASSSEEE !
He's currently being fed pellets AM & PM, with 3 flakes in the AM & PM 1/2 coastal and 1/2 T/A, and since his colic I've added soaked Beet Pulp in the AM & PM feeding and Sand Clear.
Thanks everyone for your time and help.