so rena does not eat ANYTHING we give her, haha only oats (strictly no mineral) and hay, and sometimes she doesnt even eat her oats, so me and my mom tryed every kind of feed we could but for a reasonable price around here. One lady recomended bran mash, so we tryed it, and rena loved it! she sticks her nose in the bucket and doesnt come up for air (ha ha)
The only reason we want to feed her something is because she gets myristol for her joints, and can get skinny in the winter (she is blanketed)
so bran mash worked.... but my mom remembers reading somewhere how bran mash, in large loads, can hurt the horses digestive system, or somehow be bad for them. I know, a large amount of any feed can be bad for them, but we are feeding only a teensy bit right now and wanted to feed her more. is bran bad for them??
thank you for replies!
p.s. she eats very slowly, haha shes not food driven in any way!
I personally don't feed bran mashes, but here's an article about them that was in Equus:
If your horse has an issue with eating concentrate feeds and is very picky, you need to consider that there might be something going on to cause it. Any horse that doesn't eat the bottom out of a bucket should cause concern.
If you haven't already, have her teeth checked and talk to your vet about the possibility of gastric ulcers as well. Alot of horses with ulcers won't show any symptoms other than being picky about feed (not hay).
If you need something you can feed to go along with supplements, try either a ration balancer which is a forage based protein/vitamin/mineral supplement type feed designed to be given at the rate of 1-3 lbs a day. These supplemental feeds are concentrate sources of necessary nutrients to compensate for what is generally lacking in hay. The other option would be to try a complete feed like Purina Equine Senior, Adult or Junior, all of which are high in fiber and can be softened to make a mash with the addition of a little warm water.
we bought her from a friend, who is also a vet,and she has been a picky eater all her life, its just the way she is. :) we will definitly keep all this in mind
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