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        10-12-2010, 07:50 PM
      #11
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    Ditto Dee about letting it sit too long, especially in the summer. I think it starts to ferment, but whatever it does - it sours and you can't feed it. If you have a mini fridge, you can pop it in there, it'll keep better than sitting out in the barn.

    It'll also keep the horses hydrated - thus reducing the risk of impaction colic.
         
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        10-12-2010, 07:53 PM
      #12
    Foal
    @Dee...yeah some horses can't take it. I have also read about the Rice Bran sitting too long but you can buy it Stabilized and it lasts longer but is also more expensive if that helps. It's not too hot in our area now so I keep it tightly sealed and I am feeding two horses out of one bag so it us going pretty quick :)
         
        10-12-2010, 10:03 PM
      #13
    Foal
    @DEE, that sounds like a good mix, and I can tell it works Dancers coat looks so shiny!!! I like the idea of just adding the rice bran to the food, and also possibly checking out the complete feed pellet to maybe supplement his alfalfa hay. Thanks for all the tips!!!!
         
        10-12-2010, 10:23 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Nutrena SafeChoice Horse Feed, 50 lb. - 2802262 | Tractor Supply Company

    Thinking about supplementing his alfalfa mix hay diet with this, opinions?
         
        10-12-2010, 10:37 PM
      #15
    dee
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by megarcher25    
    Nutrena SafeChoice Horse Feed, 50 lb. - 2802262 | Tractor Supply Company

    Thinking about supplementing his alfalfa mix hay diet with this, opinions?
    It's an excellent feed for most horses. We thought about putting our poorly one on it, but turns out it has alfalfa in it, so that's out.

    It's also a tad pricey, but it might be worth it in the long run...
         
        10-12-2010, 11:57 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Ok great. So how can I supplement this into his regular hay mix without overfeeding? One scoop during the evening feed time? Think this will do?
         
        10-12-2010, 11:59 PM
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    dee
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    I would read the feeding instructions on the bag to begin with. Once you see how it works for him, you can adjust as necessary...
         
        10-13-2010, 01:16 AM
      #18
    Foal
    I don't want to intrude on your topic, but since it's about beet pulp I thought i'd ask.

    So I bought some beet pulp pellets cause they are cheaper than the shreads, and I start to soak them when I get there and feed them to my senior horse who is a hard keeper and chokes. My question is i'd like to up him from 1/4 scoop senior to 1/2 scoop twice a day since he isn't choking with the beet bulp, but my barn owners are dumb and probably wouldn't soak it long enough and he would choke and die. So since it's getting cold would it be ok to soak it in a closed container and leave it for them to give him in the morning?
         
        10-13-2010, 03:02 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by dee    
    We would likely do something like that, but can't feed a complete feed to one of our horses - he can't tolerate even small amounts of alfalfa, and nearly all of the complete feeds contain it. We have to make up our own feeds.

    ETA: forgot to add - we also add Red Cel and Omega HorseShine to boost the vitamins and fat. Thought about adding the rice bran as well, but have heard it can cause some sort of calcium/phosphorus imbalance if not fed properly. Still researching on that...
    Your typical rice bran does have a calcium/phosphorus imbalance. Look for FORTIFIED Rice Bran and you'll have nothing to worry about. Another way is to feed alfalfa along with it since alfalfa has loads of calcium. As long as you're feeding more Ca than P, you're find with rice bran.
         
        10-14-2010, 03:44 PM
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    dee
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    Originally Posted by Digby    
    Your typical rice bran does have a calcium/phosphorus imbalance. Look for FORTIFIED Rice Bran and you'll have nothing to worry about. Another way is to feed alfalfa along with it since alfalfa has loads of calcium. As long as you're feeding more Ca than P, you're find with rice bran.
    The alfalfa would work for most of our horses, but the one that really needs to gain the weight can't have alfalfa at all. However, I will look to see if I can find the fortified Rice Bran. Thanks for the tip!
         

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