Pros and cons of rice bran for horses

In this article, we discuss the pros and cons of rice bran for horses

Pros and cons of rice bran for horses

The main reason to feed rice bran is to add calories and fat to your horse's diet without adding harmful sugars and simple carbohydrates.

Rice bran has a high fat content but very low carbohydrate content, is very easy on your horse's digestive tract and will not leave your horse with excess starch.

Rice bran is a fairly recent addition to horse feeding, and many horse owners have questions about the wisdom of feeding it.

As horses age, it becomes very difficult for them to maintain a good weight and body condition. Adding rice bran to their regular diet can help them achieve and maintain their ideal body weight.

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Horses that work for a living or performance horses that consume a lot of calories also need increased fat and nutrients. The high calorie and fat content of rice bran gives them the nutrients they need without adding harmful starches.

Lean horses and horses recovering from difficult situations can gain additional calories and fat with little danger of developing refeeding syndrome (when fed properly).

A component called Gamma Oryzanol helps rebuild and repair muscles. This is especially important for performance horses as well as for horses that have become thin and need to regain healthy muscle.

Apart from promoting a healthy weight in horses that need to gain weight, rice bran is a good supplement for horses that need extra conditioning on the coat, mane and tail. The added fat content helps maintain healthy skin, shiny coat and a strong, break-resistant mane and tail.