Thank you for the nice feedback on La Prima’s coat in the last post!
I’m glad you, too, noticed a difference 🙂 Stabilized Rice Bran (SRB) is a great way to add fat into an equine diet, but if you’re like me and not looking for just a weight gainer – here’s a recap of some of the benefits:
- Omega Essential Fatty Acids. Omega 3, 6, and 9, it’s all here, and great for cell integrity and the coat.
- Fat. A nice way to meet the energy requirement without adding grains or much carbs at all. SRB’s got 15% – 20% fat, and is usually not heating.
- Gamma Oryzanol. Toted as rebuilding and repairing muscle – abundant in SRB.
- Fiber. SRB is around 8-9% fiber, making it a good choice to lessen the risk of digestive problems.
- Vitamin E. Plentiful in SRB – great for the immune system among other things. Plenty of B vitamins too.
Started with the unstabilized kind, but quickly moved on to the fortified stabilized, to make sure to get the phosphorus/calcium ratio right. Messing around with oils wasn’t going to cut it at the barn, and I always worry they’ll go rancid in the extreme heat. She’s in great weight now with just hay, the SRB and her ratio balancer.
Integrity Stabilized Rice Bran nuggets are made by Star Milling Company. You can find them HERE. I like this brand as they are shaped like nuggets instead of pellets. Really easy to see the difference between the feeds, and to know which one has been left behind. Although there’s never anything left of this one!
Just two cups/day of rice bran – usually does the trick in coat shine… It’s been great for us, and I know many people who feed it. Even fed in small doses, it will do a small wonder.
Yes, I still feed grain free, no sugar, and she’s still on a lot of hay, with pasture during daytime hours – grazing 9-7 hours every day. Already mentioned other supplements such as joint supps, gastro support, and beetpulp. While helpful, the biggest coat difference comes from the Rice Bran so that’s why I wanted to share this post.
Here is the analysis on the back of the bag:
“The text you’ve just read in this brief blog post is not a call to action, nor is it meant to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified veterinarian. Do not get your medical advice online, but you knew that already, right? The sharing of knowledge and information from my own research and experience is only meant to compliment your decisions in caring for your horse. Partnering with a qualified veterinarian will always beat reading random opinions from people on the internet. Especially if you read it on a Forum. Thank goodness this is not a Forum.”