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Bran Mash --Another Recipe

Here's how I was taught to make a mash, just another method. Put your grain
in a bucket. We used to use nice whole oats. Add to the grain what ever you
desire. Pour hot or boiling water over the grain, usually till the grain is
just covered with water. Depending on the grain it will absorb quite a lot
of water while it "cooks". You must start with really hot water so the grain
will soak it up well and the mash will stay hot for a while. Cover the
grain/water mix with a layer of bran at least 1" deep. Set the bucket aside
for 20-30 minutes. The bran will keep the heat in and the grain will absorb
the water. Then take a big spoon and mix everything together so the bran
will soak up the excess water. The mash should still be warm.  Feed this to
your horses. Brown sugar is a good addition for palatability. This really
has nothing over a nice warm beet pulp mash as far as I can see.

Bonnie Snodgrass

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2001 10:41 AM
Subject: RC: Colic/Bran Mash


Jerri said:

> Could someone please send me the bran mash recipe.

1.  Put as much bran as you want your horse to eat in a bucket or feed

2.  Add as much water that your horse finds appetizing.

3. Add anything else that you think your horse will find appetizing or
you want him to have but won't make it so unappetizing that he won't
eat it.

4.  Feed it to your horse.

A bran mash is either a "treat" for your horse, or a way to get your horse
eat things that he is unwilling to eat plain (such as water, electrolytes,
drugs, etc.)
If you are giving it as a treat, put in as much bran as you would like him
to have.  If
you are giving it to get him to eat other things, put in as much bran as
it takes to
get him to eat (or drink) it.

Whichever reason you are giving it for, you can achieve the same thing
with pretty much
any kind of grain product (or beet pulp if you horse finds beet pulp
appetizing, soaked hay
pellets if it doesn't).  Depending on how much of the "filler" you have to
use to get the
horse to eat the things he is unwilling to eat plain.  If you have to use
lots of filler to
hide the yucky stuff, you would be better off substituting a lower
sugar/higher fiber
product (like beet pulp or hay pellets).

The "ingredients" of a "bran mash" change depending on the tastes of the
horse and the
reasons for giving it (technically, to be considered a bran mash, all it
needs is bran and

Orange County, Calif.

p.s.  If what I am doing it trying to get water into my horse, I generally
use carrots
rather than bran.  Being about 80% water, giving a horse a bucket of
carrots is like
giving a horse a bucket of water, and if you do as I do and add water to
the bucket of
carrots so the horse has to go "submarining" for them, I can increase the
to closer to 95%.

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