Why Using Rice Bran For Horses

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What is Rice Bran?

Rice bran can also be called rice polishings, rice hulls, rice polish, rice husk, and rice husk oil. It's the outer casing of the rice grain.

Rice bran contains high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin E, selenium, niacin, and other B vitamins. It also contains a high percentage of protein, fat, and fiber.

It's rich in antioxidants and it is a good source of essential fatty acids. Rice bran also contains 18 amino acids, 15 essential amino acids, including arginine, leucine, lysine, and threonine. It also contains more than 50% of the recommended daily allowance for manganese and a little over 30% for phosphorous and copper.

According to the doctors at WebMD, rice bran has no recorded side effects, although pregnant and breast-feeding women should talk to their health care provider before using any herbal or dietary supplement.

Rice bran is commonly used as a replacement for rice in other products. Therefore, if you don't have rice bran, you can use rice. Although if you have the choice, rice bran is always better. The nutrients found in rice bran are exactly what your horse needs.

Why Feed Rice Bran?

Rice bran, which is the outermost layer of the rice grain, is an excellent source of nutrition for horses. Rich in dietary fiber and essential fatty acids, it helps maintain a healthy digestive system and helps boost horse's immune system.

Because of the benefits, rice bran is added to many commercial horse feed brands. However, because rice bran contains a high level of cyanogens, there is a risk of poisoning for careless feeders. If not processed before the horse consumes it, rice bran can result in illness or even death in horses.

It's for this reason that you should only feed rice bran to your horse after it is steam-processed. Some horse owners will process it themselves, and you can too. If you're interested in making your own rice bran, the process is pretty simple.

Simply remove the rice hulls yourself, or purchase them separately. Place them in a steamer or the oven with hot vapors. The temperature should not exceed 230 degrees, so if the rice evaporates or burns, this is the first sign that the oven or steamer is too hot.

Once the rice is dry, package it in various sizes and shapes for easy utilization. Your rice bran is ready to be fed to your horse. Just be sure not to introduce it too soon after a meal. Give your horse 12 hours of rest after a meal before feeding rice bran.

When to Feed Rice Bran?

There are plenty of benefits to feed your horse rice bran. But not just any kind of rice bran will do. There are several options available to you, but only one company that offers the best of the best.

So, what is Rice Bran?

In short, rice bran is the byproduct of the rice milling processing industry. It is the outer hull on rice that is removed to make the white, polished-looking rice used commercially for human consumption.

Because rice bran is a byproduct of rice milling, it would make sense that it is inferior to the hulls of some other grains, such as wheat and oats. However, research has shown that because rice has a lower gluten content than these grains, and because rice bran is devoid of starch, it is a low-allergen feed for horses.

While rice bran is not recommended for lactating horses, developmental horses are typically not lactating. And since many developmental horses are fed a grain-based diet, rice bran is a good source of fiber. Research has also shown that rice bran is significantly better for a horse’s digestive system than either wheat or oat hulls.

Does that mean you should feed rice bran exclusively to your horse?

Different Types of Rice Bran

Like rice bran for humans, there are different types of rice bran for horses.

Similar to rice bran for humans, some of the rice bran for horses are marketed as more superior than others. Before you purchase any kind, be sure to check the ingredients to make sure they are the same or very similar.

Rice bran is derived from the by-product of rice milling and is a tasty, high-fiber, low-fat grain that is very nutritious. It can be used as an animal feed supplement for sheep, goats, and horses.

There are different types of rice bran for horses, including:

  • Rice bran
  • Ground rice bran
  • Crude protein
  • Crude fiber
  • Calcium


Hyperlipemia is a common disease in horses. It's very important that if you notice your horse show symptoms of this disease, contact a veterinarian immediately. With immediate treatment, your horse may be able to avoid a fatality.

In your effort to save your horse's life, don't use rice bran thinking it will help your horse lose weight. The excessive amount of fat that causes this disease is not the result of your horse overeating and even if you manage to help your horse lose weight with rB, he will just start eating again. The excess fat is actually due to a genetic condition and you will still need to see a veterinarian.

If your horse doesn't have symptoms of hyperlipemia, it wouldn't hurt to give him a little rice bran in his diet. In addition to being an effective laxative, rice bran is a good source of fiber. And as long as you don't give your horse too much rB, it will help him maintain a healthy digestive system.