Originally Posted by Faustinblack
Which rice bran brand would yall recommend. I want to start feeding it to my endurance horse.
I fed my endurance horse Legends rice bran pellets.
I like rice bran. I have a PSSM horse who requires a ton of calories from fat. Rice bran is pretty palatable, and she ate it well during her transition to a high fat diet. Due to expense (it can get expensive to feed five pounds of rice bran a day!) I weaned her off of it and used another fat source. If it wasn't for the expense, I would have continued.
I use beet pulp for my non-PSSM endurance horse. PSSM horse doesn't like it, and it's a pain to wash the molasses off! Great supplement when forage is low quality; I feed it during the winter, mostly. I also feed it during endurance rides. Water and fiber, baby!
As far as Gatorade goes... PSSM horse can't gave it; it IS high in sugar. Quite high. Normal-horse loves it, but I don't give it to her regularly. I've heard lots of pros and cons regarding Gatorade use (in endurance horses), and no one has a straight answer about whether it's a "good thing" or a "bad idea." I've competed a couple horses whose owners swear by it, and those horses drink it by the five gallon bucket. Other owners are afraid of the sugar.