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    12-10-2010, 07:46 AM
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    12-10-2010, 09:29 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Peggysue    
Flax = 1900 calories per pound

Rice Bran = 2400 calories per pound
Even so, the digestibility comes in to factor and the fat content. I don't know WHY I've had better luck with flax, but I have.

Based on this, there are 2,110 calories per-pound of Flax.
Calories in Flax Plus - Brown FlaxSeed Meal

If I use this one, there are 2,400 calories per-pound.
Calories in Ground Flaxseed - Calorie, Fat, Carb, Fiber, & Protein Info

The little calculator on the right of this page says 1 lb has 2,400 calories.
See How Many Calories in Cold Milled Brown Flax Seed & More at FitClick

As for fat, most of the above sources agree that around 75% of the calories from flax are from the fat content.

For rice bran, this web site says there are 1,400 calories in 1 lb.
See How Many Calories in Crude Rice Bran & More at FitClick

For this particular brand, there are 1,800 calories in 1 lb.
See How Many Calories in Bob's Red Mill Rice Bran & More at FitClick

This one, using the 1 ounce drop-down, says there are 1,400 calories per-pound.
Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Rice bran, crude

This horse nutrition site says it has about 1,200 calories per-pound.
Rice Bran for Horses

The fitclick web site says about 40% of the calories from rice bran are from fat.

So, it looks like flax is higher in fat per-pound and higher in calorie. It's also higher in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are more beneficial in a horse's diet and more deficient than Omega 6 fatty acids. Rice bran has some Omega 3s, but not nearly as much as flax meal.
    12-10-2010, 10:14 AM
And about 3X the cost :)
    12-10-2010, 04:04 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Peggysue    
and about 3X the cost :)
Not if you shop around, or only have one or two horses to feed it to . My feed store gets 50 lb bags of milled flax (no additives) for $30. It's just generic, no name brand, but it seems to work just as well as the expensive stuff. With 9 horses on flax, I go through the 50 lbs quicker than it can spoil. One horses gets 1 cup, 1 gets 1/2 cup, and the other 7 get 1/4 cup. 1 measuring cup holds 4 oz of flax by weight.
    12-10-2010, 05:04 PM
No name fortified rice bran 16
    12-10-2010, 11:56 PM
Green Broke
Sure, I can get non-fortified 50 lbs bags of rice bran locally for $5 a bag, yup $5 a bag. (We grow lots of rice here in Arkansas!) However, I like the benefits of the flax over rice bran, and I don't feed that much of it. So $30 for 50 lbs is a good price for me. My horses that only get 1/4 cup cost me less than $0.04 a day to feed. The one that gets 1 cup a day costs $0.15 a day. A good value overall.

However, if I couldn't get rice bran any cheaper than Omega Horseshine or Horsetech's Nutra Flax (at $40 for 20 lbs), then I probably would go with our no-name fortified rice bran, which I think is about $15-20 for a 50 lb bag, depending on where you buy it.
    12-11-2010, 09:08 AM

And in reality most horses wont' NEED the added fat regardless... even the skinnies I have put on a Ration Balancer after about a month no longer need the extra calories

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