Healthy Summer Treats for Horses
Happy first day of summer! In honor of the season, I thought I’d share a few ideas for tasty horse treats that also happen to be healthy. You can use them as training rewards or just for the plain heck of it. Because let’s face it, who doesn’t love a treat every now and then? And because several of these treats are meant to be served cold, it makes them all the more perfect for summer.
Fruits are often plentiful in the summer months, so why not share some with your horses? These fruits can all safely be consumed by horses (in small quantities, of course):
If you store your fruit in the fridge for a few hours first, they can make a nice, cool treat on a hot day. Just make sure to cut all fruits into bite-sized pieces and remove any pits. Another idea is to make a fruit salad in a bucket. Top it off with water and freeze like a giant, horse-sized popsicle! (idea from Summer Treats for Your Horse)
Cowgirl Magazine also has a video on making DIY popsicle treats here.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can make your own healthy horse treats/cookies. Here are a few recipes your horse might enjoy:
Healthy Horse Cookie (Adapted from KVSupply.com)
- 1 carrot
- 1 apple
- 1 cup molasses or honey
- 2 ½ cups of oats
- 1 tbsp ground flax or chia seeds
- 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Grate the carrot and apple.
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Place large spoonfuls on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool for a few hours in the refrigerator.
Homemade Horse Treats (adapted from Faithful Farmwife Blog)
- 3 cups Oats (I used Quick Oats)
- 1/2 cup almond flour or almond meal
- 2 chopped or grated carrots
- 1/4 cup Molasses
- 1 cup applesauce
- Preheat your oven to 350 F.
- Grease or line a baking sheet to keep the treats from sticking.
- Mix the oats and the flour together in a large bowl until they are combined well.
- Finely chop or grate the carrots. My food processor is broken, so my carrots aren’t as fine as I would like.
- Now you can stir in the applesauce and molasses. Mix well.
- Roll the treat mixture into balls (whatever size you want to give to your horses).
- Place the uncooked treats onto the greased or lined baking pan and bake at 350 F for 15 minutes.
Frozen Banana Mash Horse Treat (adapted from Saratoga Stalls)
- 4 Chopped frozen bananas (peel and all)
- 4 cups Shredded carrots
- 1 cup Grain (or whatever feed you use)
- 2 cups Oatmeal
- 1 cup Honey (optional)
- Chop bananas and freeze for at least 1 hour.
- Shred Carrots and gather other ingredients.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl for additional freezing.
- Decide on small frozen treats or a large frozen block for your horse to work.
- Divide and freeze accordingly, in plastic containers.
- Pry frozen treat from bowl and offer to horse on a warm day.
- This treat can be served frozen or thawed, it’s up to you and your horse!
Enjoy! And if you have another healthy horse treat idea ideal for summertime, feel free to share in the comments.