I use to take horses from NY to Florida and I would give them a bran the night before and that is it they got just hay and water for the trip and when we got to the other barn they would get a bran just the first night it work for me to keep them from getting sick from the trip
My opinion. We take days to change their food over when we change brands of.feed and even acclimate them to new hay and pasture so as kot to upset the digestive system, but people want to give these completely random bran mashes that are not even balanced for a horses diet and needs? It doesnt make sense. Posted via Mobile Device
I would offer hay only, but maybe get them used to soaked hay pellets before for a few days and give that before the trip. So the hauler has his " sloppy mash" but the horses are not bombarded with stuff they're not used to.
We used to think bran had a laxative effect, and would throw some on feed if the horses manure seemed a little dry, or they were going to have some change in their routine. I believe this has been disproven by research, but I would not object to some wet feed for the trip.
Last year, my 11 horses made a 17 hour trip, with one overnight stop. No body got sick, but I could see bruising in the light-hoofed ones.
Bran does no good at all. It won't hurt either, but it is not going to help in any way.
Horses have problems with impaction because they do not drink enough water. The best to prevent this is to feed a small amount of grain with salt or electrolytes in it before leaving. I add about a tablespoon. This added salt or electrolytes makes a horse drink more water.
Then, on very long trips, I mix handful of salt with a little corn syrup and put it in a plastic syringe that the end has been cut out of. Then, a couple of times a day, I give the horse a syringe full of this mixture.
I offer only grass hay and no grain on a trip -- hungry is a lot better than impacted. I have also found it easier on horses to haul them fast over fewer days. They get there faster and get back on normal feed and water more quickly.
This is what we recommend for people buying horses. We have shipped many horses to about every state and to many foreign countries. All have hauled just fine. We send tubes of electrolytes and corn syrup with horses going a long ways. It keeps them drinking.