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  • rice bran question

    Have a coming four year old Dutch mare who is a very slow eater. Am told that she has always been that way. As she is now working more, it is becoming tricky to keep her from dropping weight. Her teeth have been checked and she appears to clean up her food. It just takes her awhile. One of the ladies at the barn suggested that we add rice bran (good source of fat calories) to her food. Not sure she would eat it as a powdered additive. Does it come in a pellet form? Guess I am looking on using the rice bran from people who have tried it.

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    Yes, you can get pellets. Mine don't like the "crumbles", either. Too dusty and fine.
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    • #3
      My old guy (who was having trouble keeping weight on) liked it. He had 3 smaller meals 3X per day. I swear that "lunchtime" meal was what made the biggest difference! I also second pellets.
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      • #4
        Rice Bran

        I use the pellets. My horses dislike the oil on their feed and aren't too fond of the crumbles either.
        Pellets are much easier to feed too

        I started with 1/4 cup and increased it to 1 cup per day over the course of a couple of weeks.
        Last edited by lostkiwi; Mar. 7, 2011, 06:19 PM. Reason: added info


        • #5
          I mix the rice bran in with Beet pulp and soaked flax, the pellets get all sticky and mine didn't like it. So I use the powder. Different strokes
          You're entitled to your own opinion, not your own facts!


          • #6
            my super picky eater mare has been eating rice bran pellets for almost a month now. she eats 4 cups a day and still interested, which is amazing for her


            • #7
              I need that pelleted rice bran. who sells it ? Think they'll eat it mixed with beet pulp?


              • #8
                Max E Glo makes pellets!


                • #9
                  Equi Jewel, Legends, there are quite a few brands...
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                  • #10
                    I use Healthy Glo. In my area it's the same price or cheaper than Max E Glo & it has flax seed oil.



                    • #11
                      I have better luck with the powder than the pellets. If you mix the grain bucket up well the powder will usually coat the grain, where a finicky one can sort the pellets out.


                      • #12
                        We use equijewel - our horses like it with their soaked beet pulp. Also consider adding oil - I really like the cocosoya oil as well - and you may want to try Phase V - we have been having great results with it. Equijewel is a ker product.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by walkers View Post
                          I need that pelleted rice bran. who sells it ? Think they'll eat it mixed with beet pulp?
                          Unless you make your beet pulp very dry, the pellets will desintigrate into a wet powder-mush anyway (ask me how I know!) that my horses didn't seem thrilled about.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Heinz 57 View Post
                            Unless you make your beet pulp very dry, the pellets will desintigrate into a wet powder-mush anyway (ask me how I know!) that my horses didn't seem thrilled about.
                            The pellets seem to turn into a wallpaper-paste when mixed with beet pulp. None of my horses liked it either.
                            You're entitled to your own opinion, not your own facts!


                            • Original Poster


                              Thank you for all of your very helpful information. I appreciate your suggestions as to the names of the pelleted products. Think this is where we will start. If she sorts them out and leaves them (as one poster mentioned) we will try the powder and mix it with some wet beet pulp. Will mention the cocosoya oil but think the barn owner would prefer the pellet route.


                              • #16
                                Thanks I think I'll try the powder as he is on beet pulp. He is a picky eater and I found that instead of buying beet pulp with molasses i just get plain beet pulp and add molasses as a top dressing. He loves it and if I happen to forget I get the LOOK. He just about tells me to go get the molasses. Very cute.
                                So I'll try the powder and see what he does. I've been trying to put weight on him all his life!


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by dressagemom View Post
                                  Thank you for all of your very helpful information. I appreciate your suggestions as to the names of the pelleted products. Think this is where we will start. If she sorts them out and leaves them (as one poster mentioned) we will try the powder and mix it with some wet beet pulp. Will mention the cocosoya oil but think the barn owner would prefer the pellet route.
                                  Max E Glo pellets work great to put on weight. Never had a problem with a horse not liking it. Is your horse getting enough hay? Sometimes that's all they need. The powder is very messy and will get stuck to the bottom of the bucket.
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                                  or more direct than does Nature." ~Leonardo da Vinci