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post #1 of 14 Old 12-24-2011, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Christmas Mash

I am making a mash for my Horses' Christmas Morning. I have a pound of pressed barley, maple syrup, candy cane, and a few apples. I was planning on the barley being the main, crushing the candy cane and cutting the apple into chunks then mixing together with the syrup. Is barley ok to feed, I've heard they don't prefer the taste but with all the other ingredients it might disguise the taste. Please let me kno if this recipe will be fine and should I soak the barley???Merry Christmas!!
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-24-2011, 09:35 PM
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post #3 of 14 Old 12-24-2011, 11:54 PM
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I'm planning on making my gang a mash tomorrow, but I'm using their normal grain. Don't want to introduce anything different to upset their digestive system.

Just adding a lot of warm water to their grain to make it soupy, then tossing in bits of candy canes, carrots and apples (everything in their stockings) and a few hay cubes. I can hear them slurping already :)

I've never fed barley, but I would soak it. Mashes are supposed to be very moist and I don't think you'll achieve that with maple syrup alone.
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Ohh!! That is what I will make for Casey, I was going to make carrot cake cupcakes, but I will probably be to lazy. I will do a mash for Casey!! Extra grain ration, Rice Bran meal, Beet pulp, a bit of Quaker oats, apples, carrots and candy canes. We never eat all of our candy canes, and we found one from last year in our ornament box when we were decorating the tree!

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I'm also hoping that one of my relatives' that we're visiting tomorrow will have peppermint marshmallow peeps at their house... my horses go nuts over those things!

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I'm also hoping that one of my relatives' that we're visiting tomorrow will have peppermint marshmallow peeps at their house... my horses go nuts over those things!
Oh wow, I have never heard of peppermint marshmallow peeps... Interesting! At the store the other day I passed like fudge marshmallows, strawberry marshmallows, and a bunch of others!

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I really don't get what's wrong with apples & carrots(etc, etc) for horse treats. I enjoy baking, but don't get the point of it for horses or dogs.
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post #8 of 14 Old 12-26-2011, 02:49 PM
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Loosie, we're not baking... a mash is fed as a grain feeding. Most people use bran, but I just soak their grain with warm water and toss in bits of apples, carrots and peppermints. It's just a little something special for them and I don't think they mind the warm water when it's reallllly cold outside...

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Loosie, we're not baking... a mash is fed as a grain feeding.
Yes, I know what a mash is. Someone did mentioned cupcakes...
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post #10 of 14 Old 12-26-2011, 05:46 PM
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Could you have used oats? I've never made mash but I put oats the treats I make for Lucy and she loves those
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