MASH. A species of soft diet, sometimes given to cattle. It should consist of half a peck of ground malt, put into a pail, into which as muck scalding water is poured as will convert it into the thickness of a poultice. Continue to stir it about till you find the taste as sweet as honey; let it stand till it be luke-warm before you give it to the horse. A mash is mostly recommended after a purge, to make it work the better; or after hard labour, or during sickness ; generally, simple mashes are made with bran and hot water in the same manner.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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