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.
It is possible if the rice bran is rancid and in meal form that it might cause colic but I sure don't see pneumonia as an issue.
I have been feeding equine pelleted rice bran for the last five years to four horses but two are overweight, so it's just the two mid-20's fellas now.
My only problem was bugs because the bag was so old the feed store should have sent it back instead of pushing it off onto me - they ended up having to take it back afterall
It sounds like this mare suddenly has a lot of issues, starting with colic right after foaling and the bleeding.
She could have ulcers causing the diarrhea. It would be no surprise, given all she's going thru (is she still nursing?) that a weakened immune system has caused the pneumonia<----is that the vet's diagnosis or someone else?
You haven't mentioned a vet anywhere. Were the meds received from a vet that actually examined the mare? Did a vet examine her teeth? I ask because those words "rural Nevada" can mean ranch life where long time and old time raisers of livestock make their own diagnoses or call the neighbor who has more experience and go from there.
If a vet saw this horse within the last couple weeks, perhaps you should get a different vet to look at her. She sounds to have a lot more going on than anything rice bran could cause which, rancid rice bran would more likely cause colic than pneumonia<----I'm still back on the weakened immune system.
Regarding the feed - I can see flaws, starting with the sweet feed, but that wasn't the question
Good luck in getting her back to good health