- Providing necessary energy to high activity horse
- Providing healthy calories to horses
- Helping build lean muscle tissue
Rice bran actually contains a fair amount of oil - nearly 20% oil in fact. This fat content gives the bran the calories that benefit working horses, racing horses, other performance horses and any horse that needs extra calories in their diet to increase body weight.
Stabilized Rice Bran
Experts recommend the stabilized version unless you are planning to use all the bran within a week of opening the package. This is because the product can quickly go rancid if it is not stabilized, due to the fat content.
Manufacturers stabilize this suppliment by adding mixed tocopherols (such as Vitamin E) to prevent it from going rancid. This actually makes the rice bran more beneficial as well as helping preserve it.
In warm or humid climates stabilized product is even more important as the product will go bad faster in a moist situation.
In addition, the length of time the the dry product sits in the bag from the removal to the time it is feed can impact the nutritional value the bran gives to the horse, to the point that many horse experts find that the stabilized version of rice bran actually allows them to use less rice bran and save money.
How Much Rice Bran to Feed Your Horse?
Rice bran contains about 1200 calories per pound, which really makes it an effective weight building feed. Pure oil has about 4000 calories/pound while RB also incorporates lower calorie components including fiber, starch, and proteins. Most experts recommend no more than 2 pounds per day per horse of RB, but if in doubt check with your vet concerning the specific animal.
Other Benefits of Feeding Horses Rice Bran
Not only is Rice Bran for Horses a highly palatable fat source, it also has a few other benefits:
Gamma oryzanol has been shown in studies to help repair and rebuild muscle tissue.
The feed includes a lot of fiber with the fat, so that it is less upsetting than feeding rice bran oil supplement for horses (for example) although the oil definitely has it's appropriate uses.
Where to Buy RB for Horses?
The dry product comes in both powder and pellets. It is available in some feed stores or over the internet from Amazon at reasonable prices ($33 for a 40 lb bag for example). Major brands include Natural Glo, Manna Pro, Moorman's, ADM and Triple Crown and Kentucky Performance Brands. Buying over the internet not only saves time, but may be more convenient if you live in a rural location or want to try products that are not available in your regular feed store.