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…
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!
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
Shred the carrot and the apple into a large bowl.
Add in the oil, oats, and molasses. Stir to combine well so that all the oats are covered in the molasses.
Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13 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.
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.
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!)