Homemade horse treats!
- Do I have an exact recipe for horse treats? Absolutely not. But..There’s a simple group of ingredients that you can mix together, smooth into bite-size pieces, and bake.
- Usually, baking these ingredients at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes will get you to a good result!
Try mixing some horse-friendly ingredients:
- Oats. Plentiful, inexpensive, horse-friendly. I like to buy whole organic oats for me, and I’ll bet almost all of you have some in your cabinet. Stick to the types of unflavored oats, when you start talking maple and apple there are a few more ingredients that you may not want your horse to eat.
- You can also use some of your horse’s own fortified feed. That way you know he will like the finished product!
- Carrots. Have a cheese grater? Shred some carrots up for some horse-friendly flavor. The same goes for apples! You may end up with a sloppy mess, so press out some of the extra juice so you have more fruit pulp to add to your oats or grain. Skip this if your horse needs a low-sugar treat.
- Apples and celery are also good ingredients to play around with.
- For added nutrition and flavor, you could sprinkle in some flaxseed or chia seeds. Both are safe for horses.
Bind your homemade horse treats all together
- Bananas. Because we ALL have that banana ripeness threshold that we can’t pass, use your “icky” banana to bind your oats and fruit before baking.
- Molasses. This super sticky concoction goops everything together. Like a paste. A gooey, gooey paste. Also high in sugar, so not great for all horses.
- Apple sauce. A winner for helping the medicine go down, and one way to bind up your horse biscuits.
Of course, your binding agents have some level of sugar in them. I wonder….for horses that are insulin resistant or metabolic, how do you make your own horse cookies? You use hay pellets (low sugar) and get them a bit mushy, and add a tiny bit of yummy stuff.