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    02-02-2009, 10:04 PM
  #1
Yearling
Any ideas to get a horse to eat a bran mash?

I need some help with getting horses to eat bran mash. They just don't like it! I've tried molasses and that doesn't seem to work too well. Any advice?
     
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    02-02-2009, 10:17 PM
  #2
Foal
I thought molasses fixes everything :P

I'd just try mixing it with anything. Like chaff or pallets maybe?

Sorry I'm not much help but my ponies eat anything I put infront of them
     
    02-02-2009, 10:56 PM
  #3
Yearling
Did you try mixing it with some grain?
     
    02-02-2009, 11:02 PM
  #4
Foal
As long as it was soaked for a good 1/2 hour with the rest of their feed, I've never seen a horse turn it down. Try using warm water and adding a little sweetfeed on top after it is in their pail.
     
    02-02-2009, 11:08 PM
  #5
Yearling
Thanks so much - I will try that!
     
    02-02-2009, 11:10 PM
  #6
Yearling
I guess my guys are pigs! I pour boiling water over it, mix molasses, chopped up apples, carrots and a little sweet feed and they slurp it up/ lick the pan clean!
     
    02-02-2009, 11:33 PM
  #7
Foal
My horse loved blueberry syrup mixed in with her feed, however if your horse does not like molasses then it may not work as well.
     
    02-02-2009, 11:41 PM
  #8
Trained
Is it really soupy? I would suggest playing around with the amount of water you use.
     
    02-02-2009, 11:51 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Wheat bran really isn't as good for horses as was once thought. Why exactly are you giving your horses bran?
Should You Feed Bran Mash to Horses?
Feeding Bran - HorseChannel.com

If you're trying to get more water into them, just soak hay pellets or beet pulp (the kind without molasses). Add a few peppermints and a handful of sweet feed if they won't eat beet pulp. If you use alfalfa or alfalfa mixed hay pellets, the horses should eat it right up!

If you're going for a laxitive effect, buy some psyllium supplement (sand clear) or ground psyllium husk.
     
    02-03-2009, 12:05 AM
  #10
Yearling
I thought it would be a good extra supplement for them once and a while. Those are interesting links though. Maybe I'll look into finding something different.
     

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