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Bran mashes - Useful tradition or nutritional pariah?

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The attraction of this equine equivalent of a warm bowl of oatmeal or cup of hot chocolate has endured despite the many other changes in feeding practices over the years.

In its most common form a bran mash consists of a warm sloppy mixture of wheat bran, with other minor ingredients such as rolled barley, linseed, vegetable oil, honey, molasses or date syrup often being added. The exact recipe for a particular yard's bran mash is often a closely guarded secret, being regarded as part of a winning formula, and it could have been handed down through the generations of trainers.

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THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN - NORTH AMERICAN TRAINER - ISSUE 27

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Author: Cath Dunnett