Rice bran products--high NSC?

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  1. maggiesmom

    maggiesmom Senior Member

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    I've been trying to figure out why my mare has been kinda goofy the last week or two. She is on 2 1/2 lb. Purina Healthy Edge. 2 1/2 lb. alfalfa pellets, coastal hay and pasture every day-23/7. I have recently added MaxEGlo rice bran pellets-maybe 2 cups a day--not even according to the label amount to feed. She looks good and is in healthy weight- 7 yo, about 960 lb. at 14.2h. Riding 5-6 days a week. I have just read that the rice bran pellets have an NSC of 22%. That's higher than I'd like. Could that be the culprit? Besides the MARE part? :D I feed Purina because it's the only brand readily available in my town and I'm not interested in changing-just fyi. Thoughts?
     






  2. jumpthemoon

    jumpthemoon Senior Member+

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    More likely a mare thing than being due to a small amount of rice bran.

    In fact I have several friends that only supplement their Thoroughbreds ad Warmbloods with a rice bran product such as Max-E-Glo up to 2 pounds (around 2 quarts) per day. This is because it keeps weight on without making them HOT. We have been feeding rice bran for a number of years without feed related behavior issues.
     
  3. CoffeeBean

    CoffeeBean Senior Member+

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    Rice bran does have a high NSC but I hope that there is a guaranteed analysis of how much "stuff" she's getting per kg or oz or pound fed to her and from there you can figure out how much she's getting.

    I don't know if your horse has to eschew high NSC foods ENTIRELY or she can receive something that's high but in VERY small amounts and/or very infrequently.

    Isn't it fun, playing chef to those with 1001 dietary restrictions? Not just the people in our lives, oh no, that would be too easy! ;)

    I wouldn't hesitate to call the company and shake the information out of them if necessary. SOMEONE has to be able to give you what you need.
     
  4. XxLiveToRidexX

    XxLiveToRidexX Senior Member+

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    Maybe......

    Just would like to point out though, that you are underfeeding the HE ever so slightly.
     
  5. maggiesmom

    maggiesmom Senior Member

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    Yes, I'm aware of that, thank you! :)
     






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