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hi ma'am. i want to alter the feed of riding school horses by changing the feed from chopped maize(mornings) and barley(evenings and nights) to oats(all day). can i keep my horses on bran mash for 1 full week though they are taken out for riding(trotting for 1 hour)? is bran mash enough for providing energy for the horse that is exercised moderately.

Hello Roberts,

I can not tell you if, or how much, bran mash will provide enough energy for your horses, without first knowing what else is in their diet.  You first have to determine what your energy requirements are based on your horse's size and workload, then determine how much of which nutrients are supplied by the diet's main component...forage.  Then you determine how much, if anything, you need to add of other ingredients to round out the diet.  There's no 'one size fits all' recommendation for what you're trying to do.

Thanks, Corlena

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Corlena Patterson


I can help with any of your horse nutrition questions and concerns. I have been involved with horses for closing on 40 years, with a B.Sc in Animal Science and currently working on an M.Sc in Equine Science with the University of Edinburgh. I have owned my own feed store, consulted professionally as an equine nutritionist, and lectured in the fields of equine and dairy nutrition at the University level for 5 years. I have developed and currently market 'Ration-X', a ration formulation program for horses...designed for the everyday horse owner. I am happy to help in any way I can.


Experienced in developing and implementing feed programs for horses of all disciplines, creating custom horse supplements and managing inter-disciplinary equine facilities. Specialize in equine nutrition consulting.

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