Meet Charlie and How to Make Equine Treats

by Merissa on December 15, 2014

in Homestead Living

How to Make Horse Treats - Little House Living

How to Make Horse Treats

As the coyotes have been howling again, and with all the new livestock around our little farmstead, I recently started to get worried about my creatures and what might happen to them. My poor little goats and piggies can't do much to protect themselves! After looking into the various livestock guardians, I decided to choose something a little unusual...

Charlie the Donkey

Meet Charlie! Charlie is my sweet little 6 month old mini donkey. He's just a big furry teddy bear and he certainly has known what his job is here on our farmstead from the day we brought him home. On his first week here he took care of one scary jackrabbit that was harassing the goats. I'm so glad we found him and he's going to be a great addition to our farmstead for years to come.

Charlie is pretty happy eating whatever the goats and cows eat, with a bit of hay mixed in now that it's winter, but I also wanted to be able to give him some little treats, especially since we are currently working with him to be halter broke. But treats at the local feed store don't fit very well into my budget and we won't be in town often in the winter so I decided to make him a little something using some food that I already had on hand. These treats are perfect for horses or any other kind of equine, as well!

Ingredients for How to Make Horse Treats

Homemade Equine Treats

What You Need:

  • 1 large Carrot
  • 1 large Apple
  • 1 cup Molasses
  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned Oats
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil

Shredding Food for How to Make Horse Treats

Shred the carrot and the apple into a large bowl.

Adding Molasses to How to Make Horse Treats

Add in the oil, oats, and molasses. Stir to combine well so that all the oats are covered in the molasses.

Baking Homemade Horse Treats

Pour the mixture into a greased 9x13 baking dish. Pat the treats down with a spoon or with your fingers so they are flattened into the pan. Bake at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes or until they begin to get crispy.

Finished Homemade Horse Treats

Remove the treats from the oven and let them cool for a while. The treats will harden slightly as they cool. Once they are hardened you can score into pieces.

How to Make Horse Treats

Charlie loves his little treats! (The goats happen to love them too! I mean really love them...they will follow you everywhere until they get more!)


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1 Lana December 15, 2014 at 1:54 pm

What a cutie! We have coyotes in our woods and I know that any chickens or small animals would just be food for them. We have many neighbors with small dogs and no one lets them out alone at night anymore. All of the stray cats have disappeared from the area, too. Coyotes are really becoming a problem everywhere it seems.


2 Lanita Noa December 15, 2014 at 4:15 pm

We have a miniature donkey, named Jet, who looks after our Dexter cattle. Thank you for the recipe. We bought some horse apple treats for him, but I much prefer to make them myself.


3 Amy December 15, 2014 at 9:50 pm

So do you just let him roam at night so he can be there if danger is near or is it just his presence that keeps coyotes at bay? And why not a dog?


4 Merissa December 16, 2014 at 5:25 am

Our son is allergic to dogs, he does fine with Charlie though. At night he can be out in the pasture if he wants or he can go in the barn, he usually sleeps in the barn with the goats. πŸ™‚ He will go outside though if he feels like his herd is threatened.


5 Kei December 16, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Great post! My Dad and sister have horses who would love those!
Charlie is so cute πŸ™‚


6 Laura at Mommy Maleta December 18, 2014 at 7:56 pm

If I had a mini donkey, you can bet I’d be making these treats! Thx for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot!


7 Theresa December 19, 2014 at 9:13 am

He is adorable! I didn’t realize that they were protective (ours was a grain farm) I would love to have one but I now live in the city πŸ™ Many hugs to your new addition (and thanks for all your information on living a clean real life).


8 Juli December 19, 2014 at 9:37 am

Thanks for posting this, I just love hearing about Charlie. He’s a lucky little donkey to have his owner make such nice treats.


9 Shirley Black December 19, 2014 at 9:37 am

He is absolutely beautiful. What a great addition to your animal family.
Wish I could have one.


10 ann December 19, 2014 at 10:12 am

I love your blogs. I am a former farm girl and truely miss the whole farm life. From raising our children with respect for animals and their place in our lives to all the strange pets they found to the appeciation and peace a hard days work can bring to everyone. Knowing we can do things we a lot of times think is for someone stronger, smarter,or even perhaps richer. It is a wonderful life and I cannot read enough of your blogs and always look forward to the next. Merry Christmas toyou and your family!


11 Shari December 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Charlie is so cute! I didn’t realize they were so protective. I love your blog
and wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.


12 Nina December 19, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Thanks so much for the cute photo of Charlie! The receipe is great for people with animals; life is “at the beach” still here in Fort Lauderdale Florida, but I enjoy reading about life on the farm (my family is from farms in Canada). Keep up the good work you do, people like you make such a BIG positive difference in the world! Wishing you and your family all the best in 2015!


13 Hipockets December 20, 2014 at 12:17 am

He’s a cutie,but a word of warning’ I had a Donkey and it attacked my
6 mo old son in his walker out in the yard. Be sure to have him Gelded.
Some attack other males. Mine never bothered the girls. Have a
wonderful Christmas’ So happy your new addition is legally yours’


14 francis December 20, 2014 at 3:07 am

He is so cute and I wish I live in a farm, love reading you blog


15 Debra @ MsMoozys Open House December 21, 2014 at 8:56 am

I have to admit that this Donkey won me over, I love them. I am going to be featuring your post on my blog at Tuesdays with a Twist link party this week, make sure you stop by for a peek. Have a great week. πŸ™‚


16 Kelsey December 28, 2014 at 8:35 am

I’m definitely going to make some of those treats for my horses! They never seem to like the store bought ones very well. Also, do you really think a miniature donkey is going to do much protecting? I would think that you would want to get a standard sized donkey instead. Is there a reason you chose a mini?


17 Merissa December 28, 2014 at 7:48 pm

He is an excellent protector already! Check out the videos on Youtube of donkey’s protecting their areas…it’s quite amazing! Mini donkeys actually aren’t that much smaller than a regular donkey, you might be thinking of a micro mini…those wouldn’t be good protectors. Cute though! πŸ™‚


18 Rosemary @anitalianinmykitchen December 30, 2014 at 1:44 pm

I love horses and your donkey Charlie is adorable. Great idea making homemade treats. Thanks for linking up at the Project Parade.


19 Alison Wolf July 11, 2015 at 10:05 am

Miniature donkeys should NEVER be used as guardian animals- ever. They cannot protect themselves like a standard or mammoth and you are
putting their lives at risk expecting them to protect livestock. Charlie looks more like a standard than a mini in his photo….I hope that is the case.


20 Merissa July 11, 2015 at 7:13 pm

I think you are thinking of micro mini donkeys. Mini donkeys that are full grown are still a pretty good size…bigger than a miniature horse.


21 Hannah October 6, 2015 at 6:38 am

I have a horse this sounds great for him.


22 Jessica March 4, 2017 at 9:11 pm

What type of oil did you use?


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