Rice bran and calcium-phosphorus
I have a hard keeper, off-the-track gelding who I have a heck of a time designing a feed schedule for. I am trying to find a good balance of supplements/grains/feeds that will: -put and keep weight on him, -get his coat looking like it hasn't just been sand blasted, -NOT make him high and crazy, and -be nutritionally balanced. He is not a performance horse and does not needs tons of energy, just weight gain. He has access to clean water and trace minerals all the time.
I've been feeding corn oil and flaxseed with a basic complete pelleted feed, which worked well for getting the first 100 lbs back on him and cleaning up his coat. But, I'd rather do something simpler in the long term.
I have heard the benefits of rice bran for coat and weight gain, but I've also heard the warning about the calcium-phosphorus ratio. Any opinions/alternatives?
The basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.
He's of the color of the nutmeg and of the heart of the ginger.
His neigh is like the bidding of a monarch,
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