Home made horse treats are easy and quick to make. Warning though, they won’t last as long as prepackaged ones without any preservatives and with wet ingredients (fresh carrot and strawberries). The fresh ingredients can start to go bad if left unused for too long. Best to make these and use them up quickly. This particular recipe was a huge hit at the barn both with the horses and the kids (yes, the kids ate them too…even though they were not very sweet at all). An increase in molasses would make it sweeter if you don’t think this is a treat enough for your horse. For this recipe I used strawberries as I had tons of them on hand. Strawberries are safe for horses (and they love them too).
Titan’s Strawberry Horse Cookies
2 cup oatmeal (we like steel cut)
2 cup dried flour or bran (your choice! Rice Bran/Flour, Wheat Flour/Bran, Beat Pulp, etc.)
5 TBS molasses (you can use less if necessary for a horse with insulin problems…or more for a sweeter treat). This is the right amount to make them sticky enough to stay together reasonably well.
1 cup water
1/2 cup diced carrot
½ cup diced strawberry
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add ingredients in order listed. Place batter in round balls on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
This recipe makes a variation in amount of cookies (depending on your batter ball size), but we got about 3 dozen.