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Horse & Rider Gear is an online glossary of terms and definitions commonly encountered by horse lovers. Click on the links below to choose from our alphabetical list of terms.


Bran is a by-product of milled grains that can provide additional bulk and fiber in a horse's diet.

Bran is high in protein and can serve as a mild laxative. However, it is also high in phosphorus, a nutrient that can prevent calcium absorption and trigger bone-related problems in horses that eat excessive amounts.

Therefore, bran should not be fed to young horses, whose bones are developing; nor should bran comprise more than 10 to 15 percent of the diet of a healthy adult horse.

A wheat-bran mash, consisting of bran and hot water, has traditionally been recommended for horses that are old, sick, or dentally disadvantaged. It is also fed in sub-zero temperatures to ensure healthy bowel functions.