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Horse Treat Recipes!

During this special time of year, we all love to give our 4-legged friends a special Christmas Treat.  Here are some that you may find interesting.  If anyone has a special recipe, please let us know and we’ll be happy to publish your receipe online.

Copper Treats
15 mini carrots or 2 large carrots both chopped 1 cup applesauce or one chopped apple 1 packet Quaker instant oatmeal – regular

To make cookies, add a little bit of water to the oatmeal. Mix all ingredients together and put on baking sheet. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, bake for 10 minutes.

Store in a container at room temperature.

Copper loves em! And so will any other horse!!! By seacat1820


Roxie Bites

Here is a nice cookie recipe from Heather Criddle of South Carolina. She usually uses 12 percent pellets and 10 percent sweet feed mixed.

1 cup flour 1 cup molasses 1/2 (one half) cup honey 1 handful of your horse’s feed 1/2 (one half) apple, chopped 1 cup water

Mix all together until it looks like mashed potatoes. Roll into small balls and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool and store in refrigerator until ready to serve. This is a two in one treat. Your horse will love them, and it will leave your house smelling good!


Strawberry’s Special Burrito

1 regular burrito 2 large carrots 1 large apple Molasses

Cut the carrots into little pieces and put them on the burrito. Cut the apple into bite size pieces and place them on the apple. Make sure the carrots and apples are mixed together. Then pour molasses in to make it gooey. Horses love them. (given to this page in honor of Strawberry who was put to sleep. I miss her very much) Rachel Wilson


Casper’s Trail Mix

1 or 2 crushed pretzels 1/2 (one half) carrot shredded 1 handful of Quaker Oats 1 handful of honey and oats cereal 1/4 (one fourth) apple cut in small pieces

Mix up in a bowl. Put in a plastic baggie. Store in refrigerator until served. Great for the trails or just to give to your horse as a treat. My horse loves it and yours will too. Jacquelyn Forscht


Casper’s Oat Cookies

1/2 (one half) cup of flour 1/4 (one quarter) teaspoon of baking powder 1/4 (one quarter) teaspoon of baking soda 1/4 (one quarter) cup of oil 1/4 (one quarter) cup of granulated sugar 1/4 (one quarter) cup of brown sugar 1 tablespoon of milk 1/4 (one quarter) teaspoon of vanilla 1/2 (one half) cups of uncooked regular Quaker Oats oatmeal 1 1/2 (one and one half) grated carrots

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Don’t grease the cookie sheet. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes. After baked, let it cool and sit out for about 1 hour. Put in a plastic baggie and store at room temperature. Then serve and let your horse enjoy. All horses will love this special treat. Jacquelyn Forscht.


Casper’s Dry Treat

3 handfuls of oat and honey cereal 1/2 (one half) handful of crushed cheerios 1/2 (one half) handful of bran 1/2 (one half) large carrot grated 1 handful of uncooked regular Quaker oatmeal

Put in a small bowl. Put lid on bowl and shake or mix well with a spoon. When done mixing, put in a plastic baggie and store in the refrigerator until served. Then let your horse enjoy! This mix is great for lunch break on the trails. Jacquelyn Forscht


Casper’s Carrot Cake

1 cup of sugar 1 cup of light brown sugar 1 cup of flour 1 cup of bran 1 teaspoon of baking powder 1 teaspoon of baking soda 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 3 cups of grated carrots 1 1/2 (one and one half) cups of corn oil 4 eggs 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract 1 apple, cut in little pieces

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a 13 by 9 inch baking pan. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients and then add carrots, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Beat until there are no lumps. Pour into prepared baking pans, and bake for about one hour. Check often. Remove from pan when cool. Garnish with apple slices sprinkled with brown sugar. Serve cool. Jacquelyn Forscht


Dixie’s Delights 1 cup oats 1/2 cup sweet feed 1 carrot grated (cut in small pieces) Molasses

Mix the oats and sweet feed together first. Stir in the carrot pieces. Just add enough molasses to make it just past gooey. Stir well and feed. Rachel


Smeadly’s Treat

50 small carrots (cut up) 1 cup of molasses 1 1/2 (one and one half) cup of any grain 10 sugar cubes 1 cup of oats

Mix in a large to medium bowl. Smedly loves it. Enjoy!


Baby’s Bran Mash

1 cup sweet feed 1 cup plain oatmeal A double handful of grain Applesauce A shredded Carrot 1 tablespoon molasses

Mix the oatmeal, sweet feed, and grain together. Mix together and boil until mushy. Check it often. When mushy, pour into a bucket. I use my horse’s feed bucket. Now pour in the applesauce and shredded carrot. Mix together. Add the molasses and mix. Now it’s ready to give to your horse! Paige Farris


Pacos Bill’s Horse Cookies

You do not need exact amounts

Oatmeal Sweet Feed Molasses Applesauce Cookie cutters if desired

Pour sweet feed, oatmeal, applesauce, and molasses together. Mix up until it looks pretty good. Pour out onto a pan, and put it in the oven until light brown at 350 degrees. Check every few minutes. Take out and let cool for about 5 minutes. Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes after cooled. Give to your horse! Paige Farris


Harley’s Sweet Treats

2 1/2 cups of sweet feed or 1 1/2 (one and one half cups of sweet feed and 1 cup of oats) 1 2/3 cups of flour 1/2 to 3/4 cup of molasses 1 1/2 cups of water 1 1/2 cups of Malt O Meal

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheet with Pam or butter. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl with a spoon. Add wet ingredients to bowl. Mix with electric mixer on medium until batter is mixed well. Batter will be thick. Spoon batter onto cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Mix batter between batches. After baking refrigerate cookies.

Your horses will love them. I know mine do. Erika


The next two horse treat recipes are for disabled or older horses.

My horse Al Capone broke his mouth on the race track some years ago but still has trouble eating regular horse food (don’t feel sorry. He almost went to the Olympics for show jumping shortly after his jaw healed). Here are some special horse treats for special horses like my Al. anniebo1212


Al’s Carrot Oatmeal

Ingredients: Shredded Carrots Regular Quaker Oatmeal

Instructions: Cook the Quaker Oatmeal (regular flavor only). Sprinkle little shredded carrots on top. THERE YOU GO! A special winter treat for your horse! Al sure loves it!


Al’s Special Milkshake

Ingredients: Your regular horse grain Hot water A mixer or masher device of some kind Shredded carrots, apples, or molasses (optional)

Instructions: Heat a quarter bucket of water. Mix the grain and water. Take your mixer or masher and mix into a fine gruel. If you want, add shredded carrots, shredded apples, and molasses. Al loves this stuff! Don’t give them a lot of it though or your horse might get a tummy ache. Only give about a bowl full. Put it in the feed bucket.



1/4 cup molasses 1/4 cup water 2 cups sweet feed 1 cup Quaker oats 1 handful bran

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the water and molasses. Mix until all grain is covered in molasses. Spoon the mixture into well greased mini muffin tins. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the center if fairly hard. These treats last forever and are great for trails as they don’t smush. Lindsay J.



1 cup oatmeal 1 cup flour 1/2 (one half) cup wheat germ oil 1 cup water 1/2 (one half) cup packed brown sugar 2 eggs 1 apple, peeled 2 large carrots, finely chopped 2/3 (two thirds) cup dark molasses 10 peppermints, crushed

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl, and bake until crispy and dry. Horses love ’em and so do humans!!



1 cup of Legends sweet feed 1 cup of bran 2/3 (two thirds) cup of dry oatmeal 1/3 (one third) cup of syrup 1 apple cut into slices 2 big carrots cut into chunks 5 sugar cubes 1 cup of water

Mix right in your horse’s feed bucket. My horses love it, and so will yours! Marshall Clement



2 apples chopped into quarters 2 shredded carrots 2 carrots chopped into quarters 2 cups molasses horse oats

Mix all ingredients then add the molasses. ALL horses love it. Windy



applesauce quick oats oatmeal cookies carrots, shredded

Mix together in a medium sized bowl: 1 can smooth or chunky applesauce 1 1/2 (one and one half) cups Quick Oats

Place oatmeal cookies on your countertop in a row. Cover the cookies with the applesauce/oatmeal mix. Sprinkle shredded carrots on top, and refrigerate the cookies until used. Horses devour these treats, and they are simple to make. Megan H of Pennsylvania



1/2 cup oats 1/2 cup horse mix [I use horse power] 1/2 cup bran 1 cup lucerne chaff 1 cup oaten chaff 3 cups molasses

Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl; mix well, your hand are the best too mix this with. Put into a cake tin and flatten down. Put into preheated oven for 1 hour at 180C or 350 degrees. Take out of the oven and let the cake cool carefully as the molasses really sticks. When cool, add a little more molasses over the top and serve. Your horse will really love you.!!!! Regards Val Lapham



2-3 apples 1 cup of bran 1 shredded carrot 1/3 cup molasses 1/2 cup sweet feed 1 green carrot top 1/2 cup cob grain or cracked corn

Core the apples, removing as much of the center as possible. In a large bowl, mix the carrot with the bran, molasses, sweet feed and cob grain. If necessary, add more molasses. The mix should have a stiff consistency. Scoop the mixture into the cored apples and garnish with carrot top. Serve in feed bucket. Emily Shoemaker



1 apple sliced 2 carrots chopped 1 or 2 cups grain Alfalfa flakes 1/4 – 1/3 cup molasses 2 handfulls chopped cow cake (optional)

Mix together and feed



4-5 cups dry oatmeal 2-3 cups applesauce 2 eggs 1/2 stick of butter 1-1 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda chopped apples and carrots (optional)

Blend all together until mixture forms. Stir in apples and carrots. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, let cool.



You need: 1 large bowl molasses Stale bread Cookie cutters (optional} Sugar

Directions: Pour molasses in a bowl, cut pieces of bread with a cookie cutter, soak bread in molasses 10 seconds. Preheat oven to 350, sprinkle sugar on a greased cookie sheet, and bake for 1 hour.



1/3 cup oats 1/3 cup sweet feed 1/3 cup molasses 1/3 cup flour

Directions: Mix ingredients in a bowl as listed. Take tin foil and mold into a rectangle about 2 inches wide and about 6 inches long with sides about an inch and a half high. Spray tin foil with Pam. Scoop ingredients into tin foil. Put on a pan and place in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees for about 22 minutes. Let cool in the freezer for 15 minutes. Turn tin foil over and the bar should fall out. My horse loves these and hopefully yours will too! Makes 1 bar.



3 pounds bran – you can buy wheat or oat bran at the grocery store 1.5 pounds sweet feed (optional) 1 box apple and cinnamon oatmeal 1 box maple and brown sugar oatmeal 1 big can of regular flavor oatmeal 1 box Kellogg’s Craklin’ oat bran cereal 9 carrots 3 apples bag of horse nibbles large jar of grandmas molasses – room temperature -or- log cabin maple syrup hot water

Take three buckets, divide all dry ingredients equally among the 3 buckets. Add hot water to just above the mixture, let steep 10 to 15 minutes. Add generous amount of molasses to each bucket, stir, drizzle a little bit just on top and serve. Be sure it’s not too hot before serving.

My retired Belgian thoroughbred cross likes this really soupy, but my girls like it better when it has a thicker consistency; so you can add more or less water to your horse’s preference. This is meant as a replacement of a meal. I feed it for breakfast on Christmas morning instead of their regular grain ration. Happy Holidays! Michelle Drum



Ingredients: 1 and 1/2 cups sweetfeed 1 and 1/2 cups oats 1 and 2/3 cups flour 3/4 cup molasses 1 and 1/2 cups water (add more as needed) 4 tablespoons crushed peppermints 1 and 1/2 cups crushed rice chex Instructions: Mix all the dry ingredients together. Then add the molasses and water. Using an electric mixer helps, the dough is quite thick. Plop on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes. Refrigerate in between batches and mix often. Kassi Zuerner and Lydia Thomas



1 cup of oatmeal 1 handful of Cheerios honey

Crush Cheerios in small pieces. Put the oatmeal and cheerios in a dish and spread honey all over. With your hands, make into small balls and put in the refrigerator over night… Horses love ’em.



Molasses or honey Sweet feed Bran Rolled oats Water Flour Flax seed Oat bran 12 grain cereal Dried apple pomace is optional (small pieces of dried fruit)

Mix ingredients together in a bowl until they stick together but are not sticky to the touch. Let stand at least 15 minutes before feeding to the horses. My horses go absolutely CRAZY for them! These are the best treats ever made for horses! Tie



Ingredients: 1 packet of Quaker oatmeal (dry) 1 handful of sweet feed 2 spoonfuls applesauce 1 spoonful honey or molasses 1 handful Cherrios 4 sugar cubes a pinch of brown sugar ½ cup water

You can mix this right in your horse’s feed bucket. Mix the oatmeal with the water. Add sweet feed and applesauce. Stir together. Add the Cheerios, brown sugar, and honey or molasses. Mix again and place sugar cubes on top. This serves one horse.



Ingredients: 1 cup uncooked oatmeal 1 cup flour 1 cup shredded carrots 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar 2 tablespoons corn oil ¼ (one quarter) cup water ¼ (one quarter) cup molasses

Mix ingredients in a bowl in the order listed. Make small balls and place on cookie sheet sprayed with Pam. Bake 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Horses love ‘em!



I was planning on making horse treats but found out I didn’t have any molasses! So I invented these and even one of the pickiest of my horses likes them.

3 small to medium apples, peeled 3 medium sized carrots, peeled 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar 1 1/2 cups of uncooked Quaker oats 3 slices of plain white bread 3/4 cup of powdered sugar 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup of vegetable oil

These measurements don’t have to be precise I know mine sure weren’t! 1. Shred the apples and put them in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the granulated sugar. 2. Shred the carrots and combine them with the apples. 3. Pour in the rest of the sugar. 4. Mix in the Quaker oats. 5. One at a time tear apart the bread into tiny pieces and drop into the mixture. 6. Add the powdered sugar. 7. Stir in the water. 8. Stir in the vegetable oil and mix well.

If the mixture looks too thin, add more oats. If it looks too thick, add more water. Only do this about a tablespoon at a time. Oil two cookie sheets, and put the batter on them by spoonfuls. They should be an inch and a half apart. Bake for 17 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden brown. Let cool and serve them to your horse. If you have molasses, you could drizzle some over the treats; and put them in the refrigerator. Crazyhorse



Ingredients: 4 cups of sweet feed or oats 1 cup of molasses or honey 2 carrots cut into carrot sticks 1 apple cut into slices

Directions: Mix the honey and sweet feed or oats together in a big bowl. When fully mixed, place the mixture on a plate and shape into the form of a birthday cake. Use the carrots as candles and the apple slices as decorations. Horses really enjoy this sticky but delicious treat.



Ingredients: 1 cup margarine 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup bran 1 cup diced carrots 1 cup diced apples 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups quick cooking rolled oats 2 eggs

Directions: Cream margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, bran and baking soda. Blend into creamed mixture. Stir in oats, carrots, and apples. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove and cool. Makes about 4 dozen.



1 packet of apple cinnamon Quaker Oatmeal 2 apples, sliced 2 handfuls of Cracklin Oat Bran Cereal 1/2 (one half) of a small jar of apple sauce 3 cups of bran or the amount that you think suitable for your horse Add cinnamon and sugar if desired

Mix with hot water until you get a gooey soup. Submitted by Susan Kovac

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