7 healthy homemade treats for horses
Yes, you can easily buy horse treats and while there’s a vast range of them making them yourself means that you can add your horse’s favorite foods to them. All of the recipes below can easily be made within 30 minutes and will keep for at least a week.
Your horse will love the delicious treats, not only do they taste great but the mint in them will help with his digestion too, a definite win-win situation.
- 2 large grated carrots
- Grated apple
- A handful of chopped mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup molasses
- Teaspoon of salt
- Cup of oats
- Cup of flour
Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C (Gas Mark 4 or 325°F/ 160°C Fan assisted) then mix the carrots, apple, oil and molasses together in a large bowl. When that’s all mixed together add the rest of the ingredients and separate into bite-sized balls. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and place then balls on that before baking for around 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and then allow it to cool.
These cinnamon cookies are quick and easy to make and can easily be stored and fed to your horse over the coming weeks – although he’ll like them so much you may find they go much quicker than you thought.
- 2 cups of flour
- A teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 6 ounces of molasses
Preheat the oven to 325°F/160°C (Gas Mark 3 or 290°F/ 140°C Fan assisted) then gently mix the flour and cinnamon together before mixing in the molasses. Once fully mixed together roll the dough out until it’s around 1/4” thick before cutting it into small squares. Place the cut squares onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and then cook for 12 minutes. Once they’re cooked allow them to thoroughly cool for a few hours before feeding them to your horse.
Peanut Butter Bites
Horses love peanut butter and these peanut butter balls are a great way to feed it to them.
- A cup of sweet feed or oats
- A cup of wholewheat flour
- 1/2 cup of smooth peanut butter
- 1/2 cup of molasses
- 1/4 cup of water
Preheat the oven to 325°F/160°C (Gas Mark 3 or 290°F/ 140°C Fan assisted) before carefully mixing the sweet feed/oats, flour and peanut butter together. Next mix in the water and molasses then, when it’s all thoroughly mixed together separate it into balls and place them on a sheet of greaseproof paper. Put the greaseproof paper on a baking tray and then place them in the oven for around 10 minutes. Allow them to cool down fully before feeding to your horse.
A hint of cinnamon makes these treats irresistible to horses, in fact, I have to confess I rather like them myself too!
- Cup of oats
- Cup of flour
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 3/4 cup of flax meal
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of molasses
Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C (Gas Mark 4 or 325°F/ 160°C Fan assisted) before mixing the oats and flour together in a large bowl. In a separate bowl (or food processor) mix the coconut oil, flax meal, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon before gently adding the flour and oats you’ve already mixed together. Next, add the molasses and mix it until you’ve got a dough-like substance. Once everything is mixed together lay bite-sized balls of the mixture onto a greaseproof paper-lined baking tray and cook for around 25 minutes, always allow them to cool before feeding to your horse though.
No-Bake Stuffed Apple Snack
Simple and delicious, your horse will love you forever with these quick and easy to make treats.
- Large hollowed out apple
- Sweet gran
- Grated carrot
Mix everything except the apple together then stuff the mixture into the center of the apple then refrigerate until you’re ready to feed to your horse.
No-Bake Banana Lollies
Just like us horses need to keep cool as the mercury rises and what better way to that than with these delicious banana lollies.
- 4 chopped bananas
- 4 cups of grated carrots
- 2 cups of grain
- 2 cups of oats
- Cup of honey
Freeze the chopped bananas for around an hour, in the meantime mix the rest of the ingredients. After an hour remove the bananas and mix with the rest of the ingredients. You can either make this into lots of small treats for your horse or one big ‘ice block’ for him, it’s up to you. When you’ve decided how you’re going to feed it either freeze it whole or separate into an ice cube or lolly molds and then freeze. Once they’ve frozen you can then remove them from the freezer and a feed whenever you want.
No-Bake Stuffed Pumpkin
A great Halloween treat for your horse that’s perfect all year round. It also acts as a boredom breaker toy too because your horse will enjoy playing with it, especially as he’ll be rewarded with treats if he does.
- Large pumpkin
- Fruit (such as watermelon, grapes and blueberries)
- Vegetables (such as rutabagas/swede, turnips and celery)
Cut the lid off the pumpkin and fill it with the rest of the ingredients, you’ll probably have to cram them in a bit as you don’t want to remove any of the pumpkin itself. Once you’ve got all of the ingredients in put the lid back on and give it to your horse.
Unusual treats that are feed to horses
You might be surprised to know some of the more unusual things that people feed to their horses. For example, did you know that in Iceland they feed their Icelandic Horses fish? Yes, I did say fish! They’re feed dried fish during the winter months for extra protein. Apparently the horses love it although it’s not known for sure if it’s the fish they love or just the salt it contains.
Can humans eat horse treats?
As a rather odd footnote, I thought it might be fun to mention a few of the horse treats that humans can eat. Obviously things like apples and carrots are suitable for both horses and humans there are quite a few things that are made for horses that humans can eat. Horse mints and chocolate are perfectly okay and safe for humans to eat. I can’t speak about how tasty horse chocolate is but horse mints are really nice though – not quite as sweet as our ones but stronger!. We can, of course, eat oats and other grains so technically we can eat that too although I would add the caveat that human food has to pass for more tests than horse food so, instead of you eat your horse’s oats it’d be better to give him yours!
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