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post #1 of 16 Old 02-02-2009, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 16 Old 02-02-2009, 09:17 PM
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I thought molasses fixes everything :P

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

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did you try mixing it with some grain?
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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.

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thanks so much - I will try that!
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post #6 of 16 Old 02-02-2009, 10:10 PM
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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!

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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.
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is it really soupy? I would suggest playing around with the amount of water you use.
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post #9 of 16 Old 02-02-2009, 10:51 PM
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Wheat bran really isn't as good for horses as was once thought. Why exactly are you giving your horses bran?
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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.
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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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