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  • Fattening horses rice bran
  • Is bran good for fating horses ?

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    02-11-2012, 06:51 AM
  #11
Yearling
Rice bran isn't sugary. I forget the carb counts on it but I feed it to get some fat into my pony who is 37 and has some sugar issues. I feed her a ration balancer, the rice bran(just a bit, because she is fat and small), some very low carb hay stretcher. Hay is free choice for now, my winters are very cold. If I go subzero I also make a warm beetpulp mash with some timothy pellets.

I have 2 others who get the same diet in slightly varying amounts. An older app, large pony mare who was cresty but looks pretty good now and a TWH mare in her early teens who was a skeletal wreck when I got her. The TWH gets more rice bran in her dish. I was giving her senior feed but it was making her hot which tells me she was getting way more sugar than she really needed from the senior.

I would probably use more beet pulp except for the fact that it's a hike down hill to the barn from the house and it gets real icy. The bucket of beetpulp is heavy and I've fallen hard out there too many times. Nobody will get fed if I'm dead.

I also have no way to effectively separate the 3 mares at mealtime. I have to stand guard to keep the old pony out of the TWH mare's feed. Gets brutally cold out there at times and if I abandon ship the still alpha pony mare finds nothing but hay stretcher left in the TWH's dish. I only have to tough it out for 15 minutes or so for the TWH to finish the extras. I suppose I could tie the pony for a little bit until the others finish and it may come to that but it seems like being a crabby and bossy old bat keeps her going.
     
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    02-11-2012, 10:27 AM
  #12
Weanling
Perhaps I will try the rice bran if its not sugary, neither of my horses like beat pulp and he can't have molasses :( his diet is so limited because he is incredibly sensitive so its always hard to find exactly what he needs with out getting him sick
     
    02-11-2012, 11:43 AM
  #13
Weanling
Have you tried calling his vet and asking them. Usually they will give you free advice over the phone.
     
    02-11-2012, 12:10 PM
  #14
Weanling
Thanks for your advice everyone!
Im kind of between vets right now (just moved to a different town) but the new vet is coming out in a few weeks so I was going to brief him on the thousand issues that my horse has then! Hopefully he has some ideas but I feel bad having him out when my horse doesnt look that good :/ I've had new vets say rude things about how he looks before when they don't know the full situation and its not that fun!!
     
    02-11-2012, 04:30 PM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Jumper12    
thanks for your advice everyone!
Im kind of between vets right now (just moved to a different town) but the new vet is coming out in a few weeks so I was going to brief him on the thousand issues that my horse has then! Hopefully he has some ideas but I feel bad having him out when my horse doesnt look that good :/ I've had new vets say rude things about how he looks before when they don't know the full situation and its not that fun!!

Im sorry, that's never fun. Maybe your old vet would be willing to write up a report for you to show the new vet. That way the new vet KNOWS he has had previous care and this is a situation your aware of and are working to improve. Just a idea.
     
    02-11-2012, 07:11 PM
  #16
Weanling
Thanks for your advice! That's a good idea, I should just have them both talk, even my old vet who has dealt with all the problems for years was super surprised at how easily he got sick and all his sensitivities when the health issues first started!!
Thanks :)
     
    02-11-2012, 07:14 PM
  #17
Weanling
No problem
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