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Recipes for Horse Treats

Here are two ideas, depending on how clever (or motivated) you are in the kitchen. Both of these are okay to feed at horse shows, but some commercial products are not - always read the ingredients carefully, or you may find yourself explaining to the AHSA.

Squire's favorite whinny bars

2 cups oats
3/4 cup grain - this can be cut down if you have a hot horse
3 cups bran
1 cup molasses - this may have to be altered depending on how sweet your grain is.

Mix oats, grain and bran together - I use a bucket. Drizzle in molasses, wile mixing with your hands - you're looking for a consistency a little thinner than play-doh. Place dollops (about a half-handful) on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 for about ten minutes - these have a tendency to burn.

They never get completely hard, but they store nicely. When I'm in a hurry, I spread the mixture in a pan and cook it like bars, but it is difficult to get out of the pan unless I've greased it. This recipe makes alot - you can cut it down to size pretty easily.

Recipes for Horse Treats

This recipe started as a mistake. I meant to make bran muffins for people but had no molasses. Decided to use the molasses that I buy for the horses. Wrong. Tasted terrible to me. However, the horses think these are great. I make a double batch each New Years Day so they can each have one for their birthday.

HORSE MUFFINS (makes 12)

1 and 1/2 cups bran
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup molasses
2 Tablespoons cooking oil
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit. Stir together bran, flour, soda and baking powder. Mix together milk, molasses, oil and egg. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Bake in greased or lined muffin tins for 15 minutes.

Horse Cookie Recipe

A few months back, someone ask for a recipe for horse cookies. In this months Horse and Rider, there is a recipe. It was sent in by Jolee Brunton of San Diego, CA (thats California) and here it is (sorry Todd Ourston, this is really about Horse Cookies, not Horseshit):

"It's easy and the following recipe makes dozens of treats for about $10".

15 cups sweet feed
(I use Walker's Ace High)
4 12-ounce jars dark molasses
1 cup water
5 cups flour

Mix the first three ingredients, then add flour to hold the dough togather. Coat mini muffin tins with vegetable spray, then use a spoon to press dough into each compartment. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until dark brown. Let cool, then store in an airtight container.

If anyone on the net knows Jolee, please thank her for me and my horses, mules and ponies (they are hooked on Mrs. Pastures Horse Cookies @ $25.00 per 5 pounds).