My husband grew up with horses. His younger sister is on the local equestrian team and his mom is an equine guru:) It only seemed natural that we would immerse our kids in the equestrian lifestyle as well.
Our first horse, a pony named Ginger, came from a wonderful family on the other side of the state. My husband knew this family from the barn where he rode when he was younger. They were looking to re-home this sweet girl because their children had outgrown her. The mother knew that we had children and were in the market for a horse so she gave her to us! We were so thankful for her generosity!
We purchased our second horse, a Tennessee Walking Horse/Percheron cross named Pearl, after my husband got jealous of the kids’ pony ;).
Ginger & Pearl have outgoing and lovable personalities, they enjoy long walks by the pond, and they both have a major sweet tooth ;)… They absolutely LOVE it when we bring treats down for them so I decided to make some homemade horse treats instead of purchasing them from the store.
The kids & I made these treats together in about 20 minutes. It was extremely simple and only used 5 ingredients! Try them out & let me know what you think!
Homemade Horse Treats
- 3 cups Oats (I used Quick Oats)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 chopped or grated carrots
- 1/4 cup Molasses
- 1 cup applesauce
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Mix the oats and the flour together in a large bowl.
- Finely chop or grate the carrots. My food processor is broken, so my carrots aren’t as fine as I would like.
- Stir in the applesauce and molasses.
- Grease a baking sheet and roll the mixture into balls (whatever size you want to give your horses).
- Place the uncooked treats onto the baking pan and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
- Let those ponies enjoy!
I let these treats cool off then I store them in a gallon Ziploc Bag in the freezer. They keep for 1-2 weeks in the fridge.
We feed these to our goats, dogs, and even our kiddos…Everyone loves them!
You can switch up the ingredients a little bit if you want…add in some apples, cinnamon, pepermint, etc…just BE SURE that whatever you add is safe for horses.