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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

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.