Chaos and Dayo live outside, and with the weather here colder than it is at the North Pole (!?!), I fret. To keep them warm, they wear layers, have access to good quality hay 24-7, warm water in the troughs (they have heaters), and good shelter. I take their blankets off regularly (it helps because they are ridden five times a week, so checking all over is second nature), and have started giving them a warm mash with their regular grain.
Their favourite recipe so far includes:
- 1/2 scoop Beet pulp
- Flax meal
- Cracked pepper
- EV Coconut Oil
- Apple sauce *sometimes molasses as an extra treat
- Cut up apples and carrots
Many people prefer a traditional bran mash, and I suspect there are as many good mash recipes and opinions as there are equestrians themselves. There are pros and cons to feeding bran regularly, and I have chosen to opt for beet pulp as my mash “base”.
Do you mash once a week, or daily? What mash recipes do your horses particularly enjoy? My horses would love to know 🙂