How to Make Delicious Treats at Home Your Horse Will Love

Recipes for creating your own horse treats at home.

I'm sure you've been to the tack or feed store and have seen a variety of horse treats available for purchase. But, did you know you can make your own treats at home for your horse? No need to be an accomplished cook, most of the recipes are very easy and require little or no baking. And most of the ingredients you allready have at home.

Making treats for horses are also great projects for kids to do with their parents. Or if you have a 4-H group or any other large group of kids interested in horses, you can get them started making horse treats as a fun project. Are you or your child looking for a unique and low cost gift to give as a gift? Make up a batch of horse treats, put them in a brand new horse bucket, decorate with ribbons and bows and give out to your horse loving friends.

Remember, peanuts are never safe to feed a horse and too much peanut butter can cause problems as well. There have been reports that the apple core and apple seeds can be toxic to horses. You should always cut up an apple and remove the core/seeds before feeding to your horse. Cutting up an apple or carrot also prevents the horse from choking on it and makes it easier and safer for you to hand feed.

Always feed in moderation, never over-do feeding treats to your horse and they should NEVER be subtituted as a meal. Remember, a treat is just occasional goodie given to your horse. If you are unsure of a recipe or any ingredients, check with your vet first. Never feed someone else's horse a treat unless you ask first, some horses may not be able to handle certain types of treats or food and you don't want to cause an unwanted reaction to a treat.

Bran Mashes:

Holiday Season Bran Mash

What you need:

  • 3 pounds bran - you can buy wheat or oat bran at the grocery store
  • 1.5 pounds sweet feed (optional)
  • 1 box apple and cinnamon oatmeal
  • 1 box maple and brown sugar oatmeal
  • 1 big can of regular flavor oatmeal
  • 1 box Kellogg's Craklin' oat bran cereal
  • 9 carrots
  • 3 apples
  • bag of horse nibbles
  • large jar of grandmas molasses - room temperature
  • (or)
  • Maple syrup
  • hot water

How to prepare:

  • Take three buckets, divide all dry ingredients equally among the 3 buckets.
  • Add hot water to just above the mixture, let soak 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Add generous amount of molasses to each bucket, stir, drizzle a little bit just on top and serve.
  • Be sure it's cool enough to eat before serving to your horse.

Simple Bran Mash

What you need:

  • 8 - 12 c. wheat bran
  • 1 c. rolled, crushed or crimped oats
  • 1/4 c. corn oil
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 c. boiling water
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 apple, sliced

How to prepare:

  • Combine bran and oats in feed bucket.
  • Add boiling water to desired consistency.
  • Stir in oil, molasses, carrot and apple.
  • Cover and allow to sit.
  • Serve when cool enough to eat.

Baked Carrot Treats

What you need:

  • 2 carrots,shredded
  • 1 apple,shredded
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup flower
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup bran
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal

How to prepare:

preheat over to 400 degres. Generously grease a muffin tin. MIx carrots and apples into a bowl with molasses.,bran,brown sugar,water,flour and oatmeal. Mixture should have a thick and doughy consistency. Add more bran if needed. Scoop dough into a muffnin tin,sprinkle each muffin with brown sugar and bake in the over for 30-50 minutes until well cooked