Christmas Recipe Ideas for Horses

With the holiday season here, everyone is rushing around buying presents, maybe baking a few goodies but everyone should keep in mind that they should remember to pay attention to their equine friends. With such a busy season it’s easy to rationalize paying less than enough attention to your horse. Here is a few ways to make your big friend feel like a part of the holiday spirit.

What do horses like holiday taste-wise? All sorts of things humans like too! Candy canes, peanut butter, molasses, and more. While you could just feed your horse a peppermint or a slice of bread with peanut butter, it might be nicer to make them a little prepared treat.

*Peppermint Treats

2 cups of flour
1 cup of oats
1/4 cup of molasses
10 crushed peppermints
2 apples

Mix flour and oats in a bowl and add the molasses if it’s not doughy enough. Mix the water in slowly until you’ve got a nice dough mixture. Bake until they turn a nice golden brown color at 350 degrees. Make sure to let them cool before giving them to your horse and keep in mind plain peppermints should be fed in moderation. They’re hard candy and difficult to digest, having them crushed and cooked helps the problem.

*Sweet Molasses Treats

5 chopped carrots
Molasses to taste
2 cups oats
Chosen type of grain

Soak the carrots for 15 minutes then put them in a large bowl. Add enough molasses to cover the carrots and mix in the grain. Cover the now grain-covered carrots in another layer of molasses and then once again in the grain, making them into a ball as you go. Wrap them in foil to store in the fridge or for longer, the freezer. Make sure to give them adequate time to thaw before serving them.

*No Bake Horse Treats

2 cups horse feed

1 banana – chopped

1 apple – diced

6 strawberries – sliced

4 baby carrots – sliced

1 cup molasses

4 peppermints – crushed

Simply mix all ingredients and serve to your horse. Fruity and delicious, they’ll love them.

*Peanut Butter Treats

Remember peanuts should never be fed to your horse because they are  too difficult to digest. According to some veterinarians, peanut butter is acceptable but feel free to consult your vet or if in doubt, make a different recipe from the list. Do what makes you comfortable. If you’re worried, feed these treats occasionally.

3 sliced apples

2 teaspoons honey

8 peppermints, crushed

2 handfuls oatmeal, plain

3 teaspoons peanut butter

1/2 cup applesauce 

Mix your honey, half your oats, peanut butter and apple sauce in a bowl. Mix thoroughly and put it in the microwave for 35-40 seconds to soften. Lay out the apple slices in a baking dish and spread the mixture over them, then the rest of your oats and crushed peppermints on top. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the peppermint on top melts. Let them cool then sprinkle a bit of sugar on top if desired. Serve warm or cool, never hot.

Remember to give your horse lots of love and attention even through busy times like the holidays, they deserve it. You don’t have to buy them a present per se but making a new treat for them will be a nice surprise.