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Holiday Treat Recipes Your Horse Will Love

With these easy-to-make horse treat recipes, you can show your steed some extra love this holiday season.
a bucket in the snow filled with peppermint horse treats
Photos courtesy of The Horse staff

Are you looking for a special treat to give your horse this holiday season? Look no further: Our friends and staff members at The Horse have shared four homemade horse treat recipes. We know they must be good because their horses served as the treat testers! Try them out on your own horse:

Classic Horse Treat Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ cup beer
  • 2 cups molasses
  • 1 pound grain
  • ½ cup raisins

What to do:

  1. Mix the flour, beer, and molasses thoroughly. Add grain to the mixture slowly, and mix well. Finally, mix in raisins.
  2. Pour this mixture into an oiled 12-by-15-inch pan, and place in a 250°F oven.
  3. When the mixture starts to firm up (about 25 minutes), remove the pan and cut the contents into bite-sized pieces. Then, return the pan to the oven, and bake until the treats are mostly dry and fairly firm (roughly 40 minutes).
  4. After removing the pan from the oven, let it cool before removing the treats.
  5. Place the treats on cooling racks overnight.
homemade horse treats on a blue plate

Earth Muffins

What you’ll need:

  • ¼ cup Bob’s Red Mill ground flax seed
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • ½ cup organic sugar
  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill oat flour
  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Soak ground flax seed in warm water for 10 minutes until it turns a gelatinous consistency.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine flax-and-water mixture with sugar.
  4. Stir in oat flour, oatmeal, salt, and cinnamon until well-combined.
  5. Pour batter into greased mini-muffin pan.
  6. Firmly press one berry thick side down into each muffin.
  7. Bake 18-20 minutes.

Fruity Chews

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ½ cup oats
  • 2 tbsp. honey or molasses
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ apple, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tbsp. flour
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 5 crushed peppermints

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix oats, water, and honey or molasses in a bowl.
  3. Microwave for two minutes.
  4. Add chopped apple and carrots, brown sugar, crushed peppermints, and flour to the mixture.
  5. Microwave for two minutes again.
  6. Put the mixture in a mini muffin pan, and bake for about 15 minutes.
chewy fruity homemade horse treats in a tupperware

No-Bake Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. molasses
  • 5 peppermints

What to do:

  1. Mix the oats and water until the oats are damp.
  2. Add molasses by the tablespoon until the mixture is sticky.
  3. Roll into balls and press peppermint in the middle of each cookie.
  4. Put in the refrigerator (uncovered) to harden.

Related: A Seasonal Treat: Can Horses Eat Pumpkin?

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