I just started my older mare on rice bran about two weeks ago now she has a bad runny nose, and is being treated for pneumonia.
A little back ground she is a 21 year old broodmare, never been sick a day in her life. A month ago she a very bad bout of colic was sure I was going to have to put her down, she was bleeding vaginally, had foaled a week prior, figured it was a twisted gut, she ended up casting herself in the fence upside down and it took me about 45 minutes to free her. During her time on her back the bleeding stopped and the twist much have righted it's self. Still now sure if it was colic or she ruptured an artery or what caused the vaginal bleeding vet was no help there or for after care because we were sure she wasn't going to make it. She pulled through the colic or what ever it was. But she lost a ton of weight she went from a plump broodmare to a bag a bones in a very short time. After the colic she had very bad projectile diarrhea for about a week. I gave her sand clear and probios thinking that may have been the problem and it may have been because after the round of sand clear she has stopped the diarrhea, so hopefully one problem down.
She is not picking up any weight yet, she seems to be having a hard time eating, her teeth were checked and don't need floating so I'm lost. It's almost like she had a stroke her eyes don't seem to focus all time sometimes she's just not there.
She is getting 4 lbs of senior feed, 2 lbs of a sweet complete feed, 2 lbs of rice bran, and 3 flakes of alfalfa grass mix hay twice a day which she doesn't finish, was getting it dry until the respiratory issues started now she gets it wet and warm which she likes better. I have checked her poop and it seems as though she is digesting her hay there is no undigested looking hay in it. So my questions are has any one had problems feeding rice bran? And can you suggest other feeding to get her weight up. I live in rural Nevada we don't have mills to make specialized feeds. Because of the diarrhea I'm hesitant in give any kind of oils. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.