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susan Penland
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Username: Sjp33

Post Number: 10
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Monday, Mar 10, 2003 - 10:10 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Dr O,
I just bought a horse who has been on a diet of beet pulp, wheat bran and some supplements. He is not skinny, but could use another 75+lbs. They say the reason he is on bran is because he gets "hot" on oats. In your article on bran you mention that wheat bran has the same amount of energy as oats. So can the bran make him hot? I usually feed rice bran (1-2lbs a day depending on the horses weight) does that still have the same amount of energy, and will that make a horse "hot". Thank you
Susan
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Post Number: 7939
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 - 9:17 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Lb for lb it does not really matter whether you feed wheat bran or oats from a behavorial stand point. Whether your rice bran might be different depends on it's fat content but considering it's small percentage of the diet I do not think it will have a much effect different effect, even if a high fat product.

When you attempt to increase the weight of your horse you are likely to increase his energy level also, no matter what feed you use. For more on nutrition and behavior see, Care for Horses Nutrition Current Concepts in Nutrition: Behavior, Lameness, and Reproduction.
DrO
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kpearson
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Post Number: 6
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 - 10:01 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Dr. O
I have been reading all the articles on rice bran. My 4 year old mare is getting 1/2 pound of rice bran plus about 2 cups of whole oats. She is fed Alfalfa hay. Would the addition of the rice bran and oats have any effect on her energy level. I was told the rice bran helps prevent colic in addition to helping skin and coat.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Post Number: 12423
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Posted on Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 - 6:41 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

What exactly do you mean by energy level K?
I don't think the bran will have any effect on the incidence of colic but if the diet has been deficient in energy or protein (unlikely considering the alfalfa hay) may help the coat. There are some who feel the fats in the rice bran will also help the coat but this remains to be proven.
DrO
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