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Horse Treats You Can Make for the Holidays!
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Horse Treats You Can Make for the Holidays!

'Tis the season for tasty food, so why not treat your horse to a little of it? Winter can be an especially dreary time for horses when weather is bad and mud abounds, and on days like that an extra special treat can be just the thing to turn it around. Below are ten tasty treats you can make your horse this holiday season. The recipes are easy to make and can be made completely from scratch in the time it would take to groom your mud-caked mount.  Enjoy!



Pete's Peppermint Patties


  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup grain
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • Peppermints


  1. Mix all the ingredients except for the peppermints.
  2. Take a peppermint and put it in the middle of a ball of the dough.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 21 minutes. This makes about 8 patties. You may double the recipe as many times as you want.

Horse Carrot Crispies


  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup bran
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 apple
  • 2 carrots


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease muffin tins. 
  2. Shred apple and carrots, then mix with molasses add brown sugar, water, flour and oatmeal. 
  3. Scoop dough into muffin tins and sprinkle each muffin with brown sugar. 
  4. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.

Holiday Treats


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup Grape Nuts cereal
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup (Karo)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
  • A few drops of food coloring (I use red)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together, then roll into balls or other shapes.  These treats work well for holidays.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until crispy.

Easy Horse Cookies


  • 1 cup carrot grated
  • 1 apple grated
  • 2 Tablespoons corn oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a cookie sheet. 
  2. In a large bowl mix carrot, apple, corn oil and molasses together. 
  3. Fold in salt, oats and flour until well mixed. 
  4. Spread dough out in one big piece on the cookie sheet. 
  5. Score dough with a knife to make it easier to break apart after baking. (Or, roll dough out and cut with cookie cutters)
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until brown.  Let cool.

Peppermint Treats


  • 10 crushed peppermints
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 apples
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1/4 cup of molasses
  • Water


  1. Mix flour and oats together
  2. Add molasses
  3. Add water slowly until mixture is doughy
  4. Add peppermint
  5. Add apples
  6. Cook at 350 degrees until golden brown

Barn Cookies


  • 4 cups grain (like oats, steam-rolled)
  • 8 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir with large spoon until mixture is the consistency of thick cookie dough.
  3. Drop tablespoons of dough on a greased cookie sheet, spacing cookies 1 inch apart.
  4. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour or until crisp.
  5. Remove from oven, and cool for 30 minutes.

Winter Mash


  • Bran Mash
  • Beet Pulp (pellets soaked for 24 hrs.)
  • 1/2 cup Corn oil
  • Sweet Feed


  1. Mix ingredients to a consistency your horse likes, you may play around with different measurements, as each horse's preference is different.
  2. Feed morning and evening, mixing with warm water for the cold winter days. This helps maintain weight for the hard keepers, gives a shine to the coat and fills their belly with warm mash.

Sweet Horse Treat


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of your horse's favorite grain
  • 1 small carrot


  1. Put the rolled oats in the bowl and add the water.
  2. Add honey and smooth peanut butter.
  3. Add your horse's favorite grain and stir.
  4. If it is not sticking add more honey.
  5. Cut up 1 small baby carrot. Roll the carrot pieces in the mixture to make little balls (not too small though).
  6. Put the carrot balls in the refrigerator to harden then serve.

Mr. Jingles Nickers n Neighs

  • 1 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup shredded carrots or apples
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses


  1. Mix ingredients in bowl as listed.
  2. Make little balls and place on greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Holiday Bran Mash


2 cups of three different kinds of feed

1/4 cup rice bran, optional

1 tablespoon honey

2 cups water


1/2 cup sugar

2 carrots, chopped

1 apple, loosely cut


  1. Mix feed, honey, and water in a bowl and put in the microwave for 2 minutes.  Add more water if needed.
  2. Add sugar, carrots, apples and mix well.
  3. Add peppermints.
  4. This mash can be refrigerated and reheated before serving. Be sure that the mash isn't too hot before serving to your horse.

In addition to making these for your own mounts, home-baked treats make great stocking stuffers for fellow barn buddies and their horses.

Having fun in the kitchen?  Additional recipes can be found Here, Here, and Here.

Questions or comments?  I'd love to hear from you!

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