Calcium Balanced Rice Bran?! ARG!
The thing is, I want to add rice bran to my boy's diet to help balance the calcium in his alfalfa hay (and to help him gain some weight). I don't want already balance rice bran - that defeats the purpose.
I'll check a different feed store tomorrow, but today where I was looking all I could find was stabilized (good) calcium balanced (arg!) rice bran.
Yeah, been there. It's about impossible to find.
You could try flax meal instead. Feed 2-8 oz by weight a day, 1/2 cup to 2 cups.
Horsetech.com might make a batch for you without added calcium. Their prices include shipping.
Or you can buy online.
Bob's Red Mill, Flaxseed Meal, 32 oz (2 lbs) 907 g - iHerb.com
Ground Flax Seed Meal  - $2.00 : MySpiceSage.com, Better spices, prices and information than the grocery!
Brown flax is cheaper than golden flax: http://www.amazon.com/Brown-Flax-Seed-Meal-Pound/dp/B0007NC0UI
The reason you won't find equine rice bran that is not calcium fortified is because the CORRECT BALANCE of calcium to phosphorous is important.
If you have spoken with a degreed equine nutritionist who has suggested adding additional calcium, well and good; they should have also told you how much to add without throwing the calcium:phosphorous ratio completely out of whack.
No extra minerals should be arbitrarily fed to a horse unless hay and/or pasture have been tested, and also without seeking the advice of an equine nutritionist. Sometimes vets can help in the department, sometimes they can't:-)
It is well known that Alfalfa hay is high in calcium, above the recommended ratio of Ca:P for horses, so adding rice bran or flax, that is high in phosphorus, is a good idea for horses getting more than 50% of their forage in Alfalfa.
Uckele sells just a phosphorus supplement:
Or, if you're feeding less then the recommended amount of grain for your horse, Uckele makes a vitamin/mineral mix for alfalfa diets that is high in phosphorus.
But, really, I'd talk to the people at HorseTech.com--Horse Nutrition Supplements--Equine Nutrition on the Net and ask about a custom blend in their flax base. They'll mix something up for you based on your hay, feed, and supplements. They're custom mixes are quite affordable and shipping is free.
I don't need a nutritional expert to tell me his calcium/phosphorus intake is out of whack, given how unbalanced alfalfa is naturally. I was hoping to find natural (non calcium fortified) rice bran to add some phosphorus to his diet, and also help pack on some weight.
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