It’s that time of year where we are baking up a storm with different types of treats and cookies for our friends and family. But what about our horses? They deserve special homemade treats too right? I think so!
Of course you can run out to the tack and feed store and buy horse treats, but you can make them yourself with most fresh ingredients. I love spoiling my horses, and this time of year I think they deserve a special treat too, so I decided to try and make some fancy horse treats myself. And you know what? they were easy to make, and my horses LOVED them!
Homemade Horse Treats
I got the idea when I went to Dover Saddlery and started looking over their huge selection of fancy horse treats. I decided to buy some, and look at the ingredients list, to see if I could possibly duplicate their horse treats. I guess you could call it a copycat recipe.
I think I came close with this recipe. And even if it isn’t exactly the same, my horses sure loved them!
What You Will Need
The ingredients for these horse treats are:
- Old fashioned rolled oats
- All Bran cereal
- Figi apples
- Ground flax seed
- Cracked corn
- Granulated sugar
- Starlight peppermints
I didn’t really know how much of each item to use,so I just started by adding a cup or two of the dry ingredients. And then I grated 2 apples, added the molasses and water and began to mix it up.
If you are making these, you don’t want the mixture to get too runny. If it does, add some more ground flax seed, and rolled oats, it will help to thicken up the mixture.
Once I had a good consistency, I baked them in my oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 to 15 minutes.
The Finished Product
And when I pulled them out of the oven, I put a peppermint candy in the middle of the treat and let it set for a few minutes before removing them from the pan.
They actually came out really great! My horses loved them, and it made a TON of horse treats! For me this was better than spending $20.00 for a jar of horse treats, and now I have a really great and inexpensive, last minute, Christmas gift idea for my horsey friends!
I also made a YouTube video of me making these horse treats.
If you like to watch videos, you should check out all of the videos I have made over on my YouTube channel, The Budget Equestrian