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    09-26-2012, 02:59 PM
I love rice bran for gaining/maintaining weight You might be able to find fortified rice bran (extra calcium added to offset the high phosphorous). I've been looking around for it in my area, but I can barely find rice bran that's been stabilized and none that is fortified. If you want to feed more than a pound or so of unfortified rice bran, I'd look into something like FeedXL.com to make sure it doesn't throw off the Ca:Ph ratio in your horse's diet.
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    09-26-2012, 03:02 PM
Green Broke

This is what I feed.
    09-26-2012, 03:17 PM
My senior and two Thoroughbreds all get beet pulp year round to keep weight on. In addition to their grain, they get 3 qts of dry (equates to around 4 qts soaked) beet pulp three times a day.
    09-26-2012, 03:27 PM
BP is awesome. Its good for many different reasons... my mare gets it 2x a day all year round. 2 qts soaked. And she loves it.
    09-26-2012, 04:33 PM
Green Broke
We have a mare that wouldn't touch beet pulp at first. So we gave just a little amount mixed with some sweet feed. We slowly added more until it was mainly just beet pulp. Then she tried to get into a bag that wasn't soaked yet. Some horses just take a little time to get used to eating it.
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    09-26-2012, 05:44 PM
Awesome ! I think im going to buy a bag in the next couple weeks, I don't want her to start it right now. We are about to go to our last event of the season and I don't want to mess around in the week and a half before it. It is fairly cheap to buy at farm and fleet, so I will prob just start her with a handful at first to make sure she eats it !

Thanks for all the opinions guys =]
    09-26-2012, 05:47 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
im pretty sure she would eat rice bran, but doesnt it have a lot of phosphorus in it ?
Equine rice bran should either say "calcium fortified" on the bag or look at the Guaranteed analysis to see if calcium has been added. If it hasn't, don't buy it.

Here's a link that explains why rice bran should say "stabilized" and why it should have calcium added to it

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    09-26-2012, 10:36 PM
Not trying to high- jack your thread gypsygirl. But since we are on the subject of beet pulp, when y'all say you feed a pound or so of beet pulp, are you feeding it by weight when dry or when fully soaked??
    09-26-2012, 11:25 PM
Green Broke
I weigh mine dry. I got a little kitchen scale from Walmart so I weigh everything every feeding.
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    09-26-2012, 11:47 PM
Mine get shredded beet pulp with every feeding... I don't soak it... just wet it and feed!! Some people will say that will cause them to choke? But I have never had an issue...and as others have said you can't over feed beet pulp... If your horse will not eat it at first, buy the kind with molasses, and wet it with apple juice... then slowly stop the apple juice, and switch over to the plain.... beet pulp is cheap to feed and good for your horse!

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