I am from germany (probably you see it from my style :) ) and I was a half year in new zealand. There I saw that they feed rice. I´ve never saw this before. Can you say me what experience you have?
Thank you very much.
I tried to give my horses rice bran (in all possible combinations I can think off - with grain, without grain, etc.) to clean up. They both HATED it. I know people feed rice bran to older horses to keep up the weight and because it's easier for them to chew on mash. Personally, I'm not big fan of it, but... It works.
Rice bran is common. It's made by grinding up the rice hulls and "leavings" after rice has been processed for human use. You can buy it in powdered or pelleted form.
Rice hulls are sometimes used as beding here. I know some barns near a big rice plant that can get them cheaper than shavings and they seem to work well. The horses will sometimes eat them, but they're not "tasty" enough for the horses to eat much. Cows will eat rice hulls though.
I've never heard of feeding actual rice to horses. Was is hard like human food rice? Or was it processed in some way?