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    02-19-2012, 06:49 PM
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Foal
Feeding Rice Bran?

I have heard and read many different opinions on rice bran and how it should be fed. Tomorrow I will be purchasing the natural glo brand ( Only brand the store carries). My question is, do I need to feed a calcium supplement with it because of the high phosphorus ratio? If so, what kind do I need. She would only be getting a maximum of 1.5 lbs a day, she needs to gain some weight and muscle.
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    02-19-2012, 07:19 PM
  #2
Weanling
I have often fed rice bran to help keep weight on a horse. I never heard of needing to add calcium to it.

If the brand you are feeding is 'stabolized' it will have the correct ratios of phosporous and calcuim. So check the label when you get it home.
     
    02-19-2012, 07:46 PM
  #3
Started
A commercially prepared rice bran will always have added Ca to balance the P. It will also always be stabilized or it will go rancid almost immediately.
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    02-19-2012, 07:56 PM
  #4
Foal
I am also considering giving her beet pulp, but I'm not sure if that and the rice bran together would be too much "heavy" grain. Maybe I should just stick to the rice bran with nothing else?
     
    02-19-2012, 08:02 PM
  #5
Green Broke
There is no reason you cannot combine the two. Many people build successful feeding programs on doing just that. In fact, it is what has worked best for our TB -- bp, rice bran and alfalfa pellets/cubes used in addition to free choice hay.
     
    02-19-2012, 08:55 PM
  #6
Foal
I like rice bran for the fatty acid content (beet pulp has next to none by comparison) and find it more efficient for putting weight on a horse than beet pulp - the latter I would consider if the horse was unable to consume enough hay or the hay was seriously lacking in quality (could substitute or be used along with hay cubes), or if there was an issue with them staying hydrated.

That being I'm used to using beet pulp as a medium to make feed more palatable - rice bran, ground flax, loose minerals, all tend to be powdery and we would mix it in with beet pulp to make it easier to eat. No problems feeding like that at all. I wouldn't consider either to be a "heavy" feed - not sure what you mean by that exactly, do you mean too "rich"? Like a double chocolate fudge cake with the density of a brick is for us? - you don't need to feed pounds upon pounds as you would with high NSC feeds, and much of beet pulp's weight is water (assuming it's soaked, no experience feeding dry as I don't like to) so I would consider it fairly "light" by those standards. I don't really care for feeds that "fill" up a horse's belly, since being full isn't something they're built for. It's just asking for issues like ulcers and colic IMO.
     
    02-19-2012, 09:03 PM
  #7
Foal
Ha ha Gremmy, yes that was what I meant by heavy feeds It was the only way I could think to describe it Thanks all for your help, I think I'm going to stick with the rice bran and see how it goes
     
    02-19-2012, 09:09 PM
  #8
Weanling
Ive used rice bran before with a lot of success, I added warm water to it and my horse loved it! As long as its stabilized you shouldnt have to try to balance it yourself with other supplements :)
     
    02-19-2012, 10:47 PM
  #9
Green Broke
My hard keeper eats powdered rice bran on his mix of senior and safe choice. Works beautifully
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    02-19-2012, 10:57 PM
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Yearling
My older mare is thriving on beet pulp and rice bran mash. I am very happy with the results, and I don't have to feed a whole bunch of it to get good results.
     

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