2 Quarts of wheat or rice bran (8 cups)
1 cup of Quaker oats (or any rolled oats)
3/4 cup of applesauce
1-1/2 cup of hot water
Mix all ingredients together until the bran and oats are well moistened.
ADD-INS FOR VARIETY:
- You can add a couple of tablespoons of honey or molasses for a little added sweetness;
- For a crunchy surprise, try adding about a cup full of chopped apples or carrots, raisins, pears (or any of your horses' favorite fruit or veggie OR toss a tad bit of several different things in there! Get creative! Your horse will love it!);
- For extra nutritional benefits, you can add a couple of tablespoons of oil
- You can also add a little beet pulp (make sure it soaks for a few minutes in the mash before giving it to your horse)
This probably goes without saying but I have to say it anyway.... :D When making hot bran mash, always make sure it's cooled a little before giving it to your horse so it doesn't burn his or her mouth. :D
And just like we humans with our comfort food, remember that too much is not a good thing. Because of the high phosporus content (that can throw off a horses' calcium levels) you shouldn't feed a bran mash any more often than once a week.