Ah, Thanksgiving! Time to think back on our successes this year, appreciate our lot in life, think lovingly of the people who have helped us get where we are and most of all, stuff ourselves with way too much food. Sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, jello salad, yeast rolls, stuffing, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, mincemeat pie and the obligatory turkey and gravy... it's a good thing we only eat this way once a year! But what about our horsey friends? Shouldn't they be able to share this tradition of gratitude and overeating with us?
To make sure that they don't miss out on all the deliciousness I scoured the web for the best recipes to make your own horse treats. That way they'll at least be grateful that we gave them something yummy!!! And if your oven is too full of people food to make room for horsey stuff, have no fear: there are still plenty of "instant" treats you can give your horse that you probably have lying around your house like Ginger snaps, Grapes, Watermelon, Carrots, Lettuce, Bananas, Strawberries, Cereal, Apples, Peppermints and Sugar cubes are just a few.
DISCLAIMER: Please be sure to follow a couple of basic guidelines when feeding treats to your or anyone else's horse:
- Don't ever give a horse peanuts, cut grass or meat.
- High sugar levels can "disrupt normal digestion, exacerbate certain medical conditions, and lead to serious complications like colic and laminitis – two serious conditions that can strike any horse." So please feed any sugar-based treats sparingly.
- Don't feed too much of any one thing too often; horses have a very sensitive digestive system.
- If you prefer not to handfeed, you can still give treats to your horse in a bucket or just on the ground.
- If your horse is being disrespectful of you trying to get at her treat, don't give it to her until she shows you some respect.
Starbuck's Savoury Bran Mash - My own recipe!
- 6 cups bran
- 2 cups pellet feed
- 1/2 cup flax seeds
- 1/2 cup garlic flakes
- 2 tablespoons rock salt
- 3 cups water
I give Starbuck this treat in her feed bucket after every workout or training session and she absolutely loves it-- the flax seed is good for her coat and hooves, the garlic is great for circulation, her immune system and keeping bugs away and the rock salt makes her thirsty and helps her body to absorb water better.
Baked Carrot Crispies - From MoniteauSaddleClub.com
- 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
Pumpkin Surprise - From Greenhorn-Horse-Facts.com
Special Bran Mash - From SherlockFarms.com
- 1 pound Dry Bran
- Boiling Water
- Sliced Carrots
No-Cook Snaps - From Horse Treat Recipes
- 4 cups bran
- 4 cups applesauce
Peppermint Treats - From FrontRangeFrenzy.com
- 10 crushed peppermints
- 2 cups flour
- 2 apples
- 1 cup of oats
- 1/4 cup of molasses
Add water slowly until mixture is doughy
Cook at 350 degrees until golden brown