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    07-06-2009, 04:07 PM
Question Wheat Bran for Horses

Hey everyone,

I was wondering what everyone's thoughts were in regards to feeding wheat bran to horses? I am just doing a little research and any insight would be greatly appreciated.

I was under the impression that wheat bran is safe if it isn't fed on a regular basis. Now, I understand that it has a high phosphorous level, therefore, some extra calcium should be added to it so that no skelatal problems arise. But this is based on a one cup serving of it.

My horses love it, I have read that it is loaded with trace minerals and vitamins, it makes a great mask for any type of meds and such that need to be given to a horse.

I am trying to get my horses off commercial feeds and get them going more organic and natural products - this is why I ask so many questions!

Thanks everyone! I look forward to reading your replies!
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    07-06-2009, 04:12 PM
Its definitely nutritious and good for them if fed in small quantities and not all the time
    07-06-2009, 07:35 PM
The calcium to phosphorus ratio in wheat bran is WAY off. Therefore it shouldn't be fed daily unless you supplement with an appropriate amount of high calcium feedstuff.

Mixing your own feeds can lead to serious dietary imbalances, so if you are planning to use a mixture of feedstuffs you should really consult an equine nutritionist to ensure that you are feeding a balanced diet.
    07-07-2009, 05:53 PM
Oh, don't worry, I have been in contact with a few equine nutritionists but they are all about the commercial feeds. I am in the process of revamping my feeding program and am currently looking for a homepathic/naturopath vet and nutritionist, but they are hard to come by.

As for the calcium and phosphorus ratio, I was told by one nutritionist to just add a calcium supplement to the wheat bran or add the wheat bran to a beet pulp mixture as beet pulp is a very good source of calcium.

Thanks for the input so far! Really appreciate it!

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