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Healthy Horse Treats

by Ronnie Kellner

posted: August 24, 2007

Apples and carrots are the classic horse treats but you might find your horse is a willing convert when you offer up some of these homemade cookies and other goodies straight from the kitchen to the barn!

Serve up buckets of hot mash

Serve up buckets of hot mash made with bran or oats and you'll receive happy nickers in return.

Remember if you are introducing a new kind of feed or grain to your horse, start gradually with small amounts until your horse becomes accustomed to it.

You can substitute your current feed for the primary ingredients in these recipes, if you desire.


Hot Mash

Preheat oven to 375° F. Combine the grain and flour in a bowl and mix thoroughly. In a second, larger bowl, combine applesauce, brown sugar and corn syrup. Stir in egg white and then the dry mixture. Combine well. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets, leaving 2 inches of space between each. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until dark brown. Remove to a wire rack and cool.

Yield about 25 cookies.


Steamed Oat Mash

Mix all ingredients in a feed bucket. Combine with suitable quantity of boiling water (completely soaked up by oats). Cover and let steam until cool enough to feed to your horse.

(30-45 minutes preparation time)

Variation: Use applesauce instead of apples and carrots.


Bran Mash

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 feed.


Apple Horse Cookies

Mix molasses, brown sugar, apples and applesauce in bowl. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Gradually combine wet and dry ingredients together, only using enough of the wet ingredients to make a thick dough. Add more bran if necessary. Line cookie sheet with foil and spray with oil. Drop batter onto cookie sheet in tablespoon amounts. Flatten with a fork. Bake slowly at 300° F. for 1 hour, turn cookies over and continue to bake for another 45 minutes until thoroughly dried. Reduce heat if cookies begin to brown excessively or to burn.


Safe horse treats include:

You'll find horses have different tastes too. Some may love peppermints or sugar cubes, some prefer carrots or hay cubes. Some treats can be a choking hazard. While some sources say that apples and carrots are best cut into pieces: Dr.Gilbert Halle is adamant about not cutting up apples and carrots. He says that “A carrot should be served whole and should not be smaller than your thumb.” I have stopped cutting up my apples and carrots since the Doctor’s recommendation! Only feed a very small amount of any hard foods like mints. A greedy horse may not chew the treat completely and bolt a treat down. The food can then become lodged in the horse's throat, causing choke. Safe Treats – treacherous treats


Safe Treats - Treacherous Treats

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Ronnie Kellner has a website called www.LivingWithHorses.com