Heres a simple recipe on how to make your own horse treats at home with ingredients most of you will have already in your pantry! They are perfect treats for show days to balance energy, to give daily to increase nutrients in your horses daily diet or to just say thank you!
Listed below are some of the ingredients I have used and why they benefit your horse:
- Flaxseed/linseed- high in omega-3 fatty acids and enhances overall health in horses. The only other natural source of omega-3’s in the equine diet is fresh grass. Available at Equestrian supplies.
- Cider Vinegar- ACV is an overall health tonic that with daily intake will improve overall health and wellbeing . ACV is great for skin conditions if taken internally, has an alkalizing effect which puts the horse in a slightly alkalized state. This strengthens your horses immune system to help fight illness, as many illnesses will not survive in an alkalized environment. Dr Jarvis, the Vermont country doctor who popularized the use of apple cider vinegar in his book Folk Medicine, found that a horse would chew the wood of his stall because the wood contained potassium.Experimenting with calves, he found that they would not chew the wood off their pens if ACV was added to their drinking water, since apple cider vinegar is an excellent source of easily absorbable potassium and other trace minerals. Available at Equestrian supplies and
- Coconut oil- Improves gut health
- Molasses- enriched in iron, potassium and calcium
- Wholegrain oats-great energy source, high fibre content and easy to digest
- Kelp- source of iodine and many other trace minerals. Available at equestrian supplies.
1 cup wholegrain oats
1/2 cup bran
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
2 Tbsp flaxseed
2 Tbsp kelp
1/2 cup coconut oil melted
2 Tbsp apple cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp molasses
1/2 cup baby food (apple, carrot etc)
Preheat oven to 180°C, Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until combined. If your mixture stays together when you roll a ball in your hand, you have a perfect consistency. If its to dry add more coconut oil, if to wet add more oats or flour. Line a tray with baking paper then evenly spread the mixture out with the back of a spoon or between another piece of baking baking. Bring the sides together with your hand if you see them crumbling. Before you place the treats in the oven make your preferred shapes with a sharp knife ( squares are easiest) this will help you break them into the shapes once baked.
Bake for 10-12 mins or until golden brown round the edges.