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Two Delicious Bran Mash Recipes for Horses

An occasional bran mash is a tasty treat for horses. Here are two to try.

Bran mashes do not have any medicinal benefit, but your horse may find them tasty. Photo © EQUUS Magazine

Although bran mashes were once popular winter fare, served to horses to prevent colic and tying up, modern research has shown that these mixtures do not have any particular medicinal powers. In fact, bran mashes can be detrimental to horses with insulin resistance or other dietary issues. But this doesn't mean that you can't treat most horses to a tasty warm mash occasionally this winter. Here are two recipes to try:

Sugar-free apple mash

2 cups unsweetened applesauce
6 to 10 cups bran or ground oatmeal
2 cups Cheerios
hot water

Directions: In a bucket, mix together the water
and bran or oatmeal. You can make the mash as
watery or dry as you like, so experiment to see
which your horse prefers. Add the applesauce and
allow the mash to cool before sprinkling with Cheerios and serving.

Sweet celery soup

6 to 10 cups bran or your horse's
regular grain ration
1/2 cup molasses (skip this ingredient if your horse is or may be sensitive to sugars)
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
hot water

Directions: In a bucket, stir together the oats or grain and enough hot water to reach the desired consistency. Stir in the molasses, then add the chopped celery and carrots. Let the "soup" cool before serving. Note: For the grain portion, use the same ration your horse gets on a daily basis, and if using bran, do not feed this mash more than twice a month

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