DIY Soft Horse Treats
I have been playing with different horse treat recipes for as long as I have had my horses. I think. And I have tried and tried and tried to get horse treats that are similar to the German Horse Muffins. Have you seen these? They are amazing. I like them because they are soft, and I can break them apart for Plezant. Since he has horrible teeth, I try and make it easy on him. So here we are yet again, as I try a new DIY soft horse treats recipe!
Buying horse treats can get on the expensive side. Not because of the treats themselves, but because every time I go to the feed, or tack store for treat I always come back with more than treats. So to keep myself from spending more money than I should, I do make my own horse treats from time to time.
And this time, I think I have gotten fairly close to the German Horse Muffin treats.
DIY Soft Horse Treats
These are very simple to make, and you can make a batch in less than an hour. But before feeding them to your horse be sure to allow them to fully cool!
- 1 ½ quarts horse feed ( I use Triple Crown Complete)
- 1 cup ground flax
- 2 cups molasses
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- Starlight mints (optional)
Of course with any baking recipe, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Then, take your horse feed and soften it by adding water. You want it to have the consistency of mush. You don’t want to be able to feel pellets in the mush. I like using Triple Crown Complete because it has some oats in it, just like the German Horse muffins do.
Once your feed has softened, add in the other ingredients.
Stir everything together. If it is too thin, add some more flour and flax. If it is too thick, add in some more water. You want the consistency to be a little thicker than cake batter.
Then spray non-stick cooking spray on your muffin container. I like the mini-muffin style because it makes just the right size treat for my horses.
Spoon the batter into the muffin cups and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. They smell so good when they are baking!
Remove from the oven, and if you want to add a starlight mint to the treat, this is the time to do it. Push the mint into the center of the treat, and allow it to cool a little before removing it from the muffin pan.
I make Frisby’s treats with the mints, and Plezant’s without.
Allow the treats to fully cool before putting them into an air-tight container. Keeping them in the container will help to keep them soft. So if you don’t want your treats to turn into bricks, keep them in an air-tight container.
This recipe will yield about 6 dozen treats. That’s a lot right?!?!?
I like making these treats. It is a very easy recipe that is pretty darn close to the fancy-schmancy horse treats you can buy. My horses enjoy them, and it’s nice to be able to give them a treat that I know all of the ingredients.
I made these for my upcoming DIY Backyard Horse Show (more on that soon!) And like I said before, this recipe is the closest I have been able to get to the Horse Muffins, or Minty Muffins. I keep trying to get that almost black color to the treat, but it still eludes me. Maybe if I added more molasses I could get there.
But, whatever. Pick our battles right? And for now I have some yummy treats for my boys which I know they will love. I have LOTS of horse treat recipes for you to try out, and you can find some of them here and here. Or just doe a search on my blog for homemade horse treats. I’m sure you’ll find at least one recipe you can try out!