I have never wet down this fed but I think I may need to. Instead, gradually incorporate bran into the diet two weeks before travelling and keep it at a constant level. EPM- Part II: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment. Too little water is a major cause of constipation. Hey Leisa, Thanks for the comment. Your horses hindgut represents 85% of its gastrointestinal system. One of the most prevalent myths in the realm of horse nutrition today is that bran mashes are good for horses. The baby eats with her and I dont want the baby to get something out of that feed that maybe she should not have.
Especially in winter, hydration is critical. Feeding bran mashes to horses is a common tradition dating back a long time, and is often thought to be a help in preventing colic through a laxative effect. Equi-Jewel is a great source of high-fat energy, calcium, and soluble fiber. Despite the good intentions, a weekly bran mash is a dramatic feed change and will upset the delicate balance of microorganisms that aid in digestion of the normal hay and grain. Beet pulp and hay cubes are great feeds for horses that dont get a lot of grain. If youre worried about your horses condition, and youve de-wormed it and had its teeth done, first increase its hay content before you increase anything else such as bran. Photo: Five Furlongs, used by permission CC 2.0. The Feed Room is proudly brought to you by, Warm Mashes for Senior Horses | The Feed Room. Also if you live in a region such as Wyoming, then your grass hay could have a 3:1 ratio of calcium to phosphorus which is extremely high compared to other parts of the U.S. Once you know the level of calcium and phosphorus for feed/hay, then you would take the % calcium and phosphorus of each and multiply by the amount of lbs you are feeding and then multiply by 454 grams, to get the grams of calcium and phosphorus for each. EquiMed does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Then you add up calcium and phosphorus levels for everything you are feeding. The diseases in horses today are a direct result of mans arrogance in trying to manipulate food, XHTML: Zinc is important for many physiological functions of the horse like reproduction so we cant have too much calcium in the diet preventing zinc from being absorbed. The horses all love it and look forward to it with relish every night. Research indicates that feeding horses a bran mash plays no role in reducing colic. Rice bran is 20% fat, which means that it has a much higher fat content than any other feedstuff commonly fed to horses, except animal or vegetable fat. The SafeChoice Mare & Foal is higher in calories than the SafeChoice Senior, so a switch to Senior wont do much good for her condition. Bran mashes prevent colic = myth. In the UK they frequently feed bran mash and they have less incidence of colic. This leads to the diarrhoea which most horse owners mistake as the laxative effect. My 22 gelding has been on Equine Senior for over 1 year. Hi Marie, Studies have found that adding wheat bran to the diet did not soften the stools. Now, for the long answer: Concentrations of calcium and phosphorus and their ratio to each other have major effects on health of horses. While it is warm and very tasty, mash only warms your horse for the 5 to 10 minutes they are eating it. Wrong. Problem Im having is her weight is still dropping the vet is coming out but until he gets here Im worried about her weight loss. If fed daily over a long period of time, bran may actually contribute to the formation of enteroliths.
A maintenance type horse that weighs 1100 lbs requires at least 20 grams of calcium a day and 14 grams of phosphorus. Broodmares are often fed bran mashes after foaling. You can soak both hay cubes and beet pulp to add some water to the diet or feed them dry. It is our crappy gmo processed feed in America that is causing colic.look at the countries that still feed whole grain and you see a reduction in colic incidence. The short answer is, you really need to have your hay tested to know for sure if you are OK or not. It provides extra-long-lasting energy and helps to prevent the stomach ailments that are usually a side-effect of high-starch grain diets. Vet just checked his teeth 1 month ago and floated them 1 year ago. First, ensure she has all the hay/pasture she can eat. Wheat bran and rice bran contain approximately 10 times more phosphorus than calcium. If, over a long period of time, phosphorus exceeds calcium in the diet, the horses body will pull extra calcium from the horses bones to meet its needs, and eventually weaken the skeleton. The Arab gets 3-4 flakes of alfalfa daily and there is also bermuda hay he can eat anytime throughout the day. Then for the grain, at this particular stage of her lactation she is needing a LOT of calories to keep her condition all her energy is going to milk production, and then whats left of her energy goes to her own body condition. Should bran mashes be avoided altogether? Hay cubes vary in calcium, protein, and energy content depending on variety, so you can pick the type that is best suited for your horse. My 3 minis also get a bran mash nightly that includes a serving of their mini horse food. However, daily bran regimens in large quantity should be avoided, unless calcium is supplemented in sufficient quantities elsewhere in the diet.  First, provide moist feed when possible. What you people never get is that whole food is different than pelleted gmo crap most of you feed your horses. Like wheat bran, it is the outer coating of the grain, and is high in fibre, protein and calories. Mashes were thought to have a laxative effect that would "clean them out" and help to prevent colic. I have been feeding the nightly bran mash mixture to my arab for almost three years now and the minis for one year, and thought it was fine. Free access to quality forage is ideal for gut health and also helps provide the energy horses need to stay warm. Nutrena feeds are balanced in vitamins and minerals and contain organic mineral complexes.
In a report, Dr. Lori K. Warren, a Provincial Horse Specialist with the Alberta Agriculture Food and Rural Development Department discusses horse feeding myths and misconceptions debunked through scientific study. You might also want to consider feeding him in a shallow trough with the feed spread out to make certain that he does not get too big a mouthful at one time. Also, feeding a bran mash represents a sudden change in diet, and the microbes in the gut start to die off. Just five extra pounds of hay will raise your horses body temperature a little above 1 degree F for four hours. Even if you feed a mash once a week, every week, it is not often enough to acclimate the microflora in your horses gut to the wheat bran. Many times it is forgotten that vitamin D is needed for proper absorption, transportation, and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus and is critical for growth. Peristalsis, or the rhythmic, orchestrated contracting of the intestines, cannot function properly if the ingesta is too dry., Fallon noted that a bran mash contains non-digestible fiber, such as wheat bran, rice bran, oat husks, and beet pulp. When horses were used for farm work, this mash was usually offered on Saturday night, the eve of their one day of rest. For more information on how feeding and management contributes to colic risk and steps you can take to reduce your horses risk for colic, visit the Crusade Against Equine Colic and join in the discussion during the month of June during Colic Awareness Month. Ourhorse supplements target specific nutritional needs and are formulated to complement todays feeds, thus safeguarding against over-supplementation. Using hot water in your bran will heat your horse for about 10 minutes less time than it took to make the mash in the first place! If you do use beet pulp, be sure to soak it thoroughly in warm water. Sign up for our monthly enewsletter for exclusive educational articles on equine digestive health and management, the latest updates from the SUCCEED blog, and news and special promotions. My horses rarely ever have colic. EquiMed and Horse Health Matters are registered trademarks of EquiMed, LLC. Encourage movement, which is important to gut motility. It makes everyone feel great, both you and your horse. ~ Gina T. I feed a bran mash every night to my horses. I have fed a bran mash to all my horses for 30 years. Unfortunately, the negative effects of an irregular bran mash greatly outweigh the perceived positive ones. Im concerned because he seems to be having difficult swallowing either the Purina or the Purina and cracked corn mixture. A bran mash is simply wheat or rice bran mixed with boiling water until it reaches the desired consistency and allowed to steep for 15 minutes. If you are in a really cold environment and the horses are eating a lot of dry matter, such as hay, giving a bran mash is something to consider. Thanks! Killing the good bacteria in the gut usually results in diarrhea, which could be another reason why horsemen over the years believed wheat bran acted as a laxative. Lets first dispel a few myths: Myth 1: A hot bran mash warms a horse in winter.