Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Rice bran vs rice bran?
I am finally running out of the bag of Equipride I have and will be switching to a different vitamin/mineral supplement. Not that I have anything against it, just that my horse isn't thrilled about eating it and mixing it into this that or the other to get him to eat it is getting old. So, I am looking at his diet (I have FeedXL) and also thinking I may want to add a little something extra to help him keep weight on this winter since he is always borderline thinner than I would like at a 4/9 on the scale with nearly free choice hay already. By "nearly" I mean that he gets all the hay he wants in his stall, but his shared turnout is essentially a dry lot for 8-10 hours a day.
I'm not too keen to go back to a feed like Strategy, SafeChoice or the like as I prefer to have the flexibility to just add calories to the base of hay, salt and vit/min as needed given the season and his activity/workload rather than having to stick with 5lbs minimum to make sure he's getting the vitamins. To that end, I have fed oats (lots of starch), beet pulp (a bit of a pain to soak with it freezing and all now), alfalfa pellets (low calorie:$ return?), and am thinking that rice bran might be a decent alternative.
I am finding lots of different kinds though, from the MannaPro Max-E-Glo to generic to Empower Boost. Assuming I go with something stabilized and calcium balanced, are there really any differences between them? Anything I need to watch for? In the past, I've fed veggie oil and he did very well on it both in weight and willingness to eat it, but much like the beet pulp and Equipride, it becomes a PITA to deal with over time. What about rice bran meal versus pellets? I know he likes both, or at least he does when they're in someone else's feed bucket at an endurance ride...