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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Feeding Bran as a soft Feed

What alternative to feeding Bran as a soft Feed.

Where are you from? Hong Kong

How did you locate this forum? Internet

Re: Feeding Bran as a soft Feed

Hello Pam,

Feeding bran (either wheat or rice bran) is only advisable when the remainder of the diet is low in phosphorus, since bran has very high levels of phosphorus and very little calcium. Too much phosphorus, however, in relation to calcium can be very problematic and can lead to a variety of problems including poor growth development and bone mass losses.

So, I'm not certain what your goal is, and therefore, cannot specifically suggest a replacement. What are you currently feeding? Perhaps that would help guide me toward an answer that would better assist you.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO