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Re: [RC] Nutrena & Purina? - Susan Garlinghouse, DVM

However, now, I have found the most wonderful >pelleted rice bran, that is
15% fat, and costs $5.70 a >bag!

Not to be the voice of doom, Karen---however, keep in mind that rice bran
that retails for $5.70 a bag is almost certianly not going to be a
stabilized product, and thus the fat content was rancid before it ever left
the processing mill.  Meaning the original source, not your local feed
producer, and no aspersions on Bar Ale, they have nothing to do with it.

So, that being the case, IMO, unstabilized rice bran is a very low quality
feed for horses.  Yes, the calories are still there, but the rancidity of
the fat content outweighs the benefits of the fat calories.  No, I don't
work for the rice bran industry (in fact, a number of them have a price on
my head)<g>.

Anyway, if you don't like paying the price for stabilized rice bran, and
still want to add fat, I'd stick to plain vegetable oil of some sort.  If
your horses won't eat fat unless it's rice bran, and you can't swallow the
price of stabilized brands, then I'd skip feeding fats entirely until you
win the lottery.

Susan Garlinghouse, DVM


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