How To Make Homemade Horse TreatsHorse treats have become a booming money maker for many different companies. But they can also be expensive, and have questionable ingredients. However horse treats are very easy to make with ingredients you have at home. And you can make a horse treat that will improve your horses coat.

This is my recipe for horse treats that my horses gobble up!

Homemade Flax Horse Treats

  • 1 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup shredded apple
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 ½ cups molasses
  • ¾ cup of water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • Starlight mints (Save for later)

Mix all of your ingredients together, except the starlight mints. You may need a little more (or less) water, depending on the consistency of the mixture. You want it to be sticky. If it is to dry, add more water a little at a time. If it is too runny, add some more flax seed and rolled oats. But you want the mixture to stick together.

Once you have a sticky mix, grease 2 cookie sheets. Using a spoon, make balls, about 2” wide and place on the greased cookie sheet. You can put them close together because they will not increase in size, but you don’t want them to touch.

After you have filled the cookie sheet with balls, take a starlight mint (unwrapped) and push into the center of the horse treat. If you want you can make the edges pretty by retouching them, but your horse won’t mind if the edges are not perfect like a cookie (trust me!)

Bake the cookies at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes.

Allow them to cool prior to removing them from the cookie sheet, and place them on a cooling rack or plate and allow to thoroughly cool before feeding the treat to your horse.

If you don’t have starlight mints, you can make mini horse treats, just drop small amounts of the mixture onto the cookie sheet, and bake for about 10 minutes.

This recipe will make about 30 large 2” cookies, or 80 mini horse treats (without the mint)

To make a batch of these treats will cost you about $3.90 per batch, but if you have an apple tree and a garden with carrots, it will cost you about $2.20 per batch! That is a lot less than the fancy treats you can buy in the store!

And once you have made your treats, you will need something to store them in so they stay fresh and somewhat soft. If you have an empty coffee container, it makes a great horse treat container, and if you are feeling really crafty you can even decorate the can and have a designated horse treat container that you can use over and over again!


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    3 replies to "How To Make Homemade Horse Treats"

    • Lori Rutherford

      I’m a 60 year female old schooler with a horse budget. Any idea to save money is always appreciated; many times diy ideas work best !

      Thank You

    • Haley

      Hello M name is Haley and I love horses. I own a quarter-horse and I use a lot of you DIYs for her. I hope you can send me more DIYs and such!

    • Taylor

      Love these treats, and so do my horses! They’re super easy to make and the best recipe I have found yet. Although, mine tends to be pretty sticky so I cut out the water. I use these for hiding pills for my older horses and for my younger horses who have a hard time chewing hard treats. A win-win for all! Great recipe, super fun and easy to make!

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