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    07-08-2011, 06:42 PM
healthy horse treat recipe?

Anybody got any?
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    07-08-2011, 07:39 PM
Carrot/Apple Cakes
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  2. Grate the carrot and apple
  3. Mix together all ingredients
  4. Place mixture in baking tray
  5. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown
  6. Cool for four hours in refrigerator
    07-08-2011, 08:03 PM
Waresbear, she asked for *healthy* ideas.

Donatel, as sugary, starchy feed is not healthy for horses, and they don't tend to care how long you spend in the kitchen for them why not keep it simple, stick to small pieces of apple, carrot, pumpkin, etc, if they're not IR or over sensitive to sugar or weight. If they are, or in addition, rosehips, fruit tree & other leaves, milk thistle, a pinch of their ration balancer or whatever other feed they may get anyway... There are plenty of healthy treat alternatives, but not much I can think of for baking. Of course, it also depends on how much/often you intend to give treats as to how much being healthy matters - I don't see a prob with giving kids lollies & other junk food occasionally either
    07-08-2011, 08:46 PM
I googled healthy horse snacks, this is what came up. So the molasses is processed? I don't know as in humans it would be or not, rest is ok if you use olive oil as the oil. There is a treat my horses love, love, called Stud Muffins, it is made with molasses. The oats is a whole grain, I know that is fine for humans.
    07-08-2011, 09:43 PM
Humans aren't horses. Our digestive systems are different too. Not that excess sugar & starch is good for us either... Like I said, don't think there's generally anything wrong with junk food occasionally, but OP asked for healthy options.
    07-08-2011, 09:51 PM
Aside from the molasses, as I have no idea about the processing of it, the rest is healthy for humans. Oats is a whole grain with 90% starch disgestability.
    07-08-2011, 11:49 PM
I didn't think this thread was about humans or processing.
    07-09-2011, 12:06 AM
Well this is what Ohio State University says about Oats & molasses.
Oats had been considered the No. 1 grain for horses for many years. The characteristics that earned oats this title are its bulkiness, thereby making oats less likely to cause digestive problems, and its higher protein content compared to corn. Although the oat is about 12—13% protein, the quality of the protein is not excellent, and one should not be feeding oats alone to meet protein needs for growing animals.
Oats may be fed whole, rolled, or crimped. Today, the cost of rolling and crimping is not worth the extra nutritional value derived from doing so. If you are buying crimped oats, be sure that the seed coat is only slightly broken. If the oat is completely crushed, most of the nutrients may be lost and you will not get your money’s worth.

Molasses has been fed to horses to increase palatability and to decrease dustiness of feeds. The palatability factor is questionable, since horses learn to eat what they are trained to eat. If a horse is used to eating feeds with molasses, it will often refuse other feeds. And a horse that has never eaten feeds with molasses will tend to refuse feeds with molasses. The major use of molasses is to bind fine particles to the grains so that a mixed feed containing all the needed minerals, vitamins, protein, and supplements can be fed without the fine particles settling out. Dry molasses is of no use since it only adds to the amount of fines. Molasses is an energy source, but its cost makes it a poor economic choice as an energy source for horses.
    07-09-2011, 12:07 AM
Yeah, I train showmanship using treats, therefore I use quite a few (especially since I do showmanship for atleast 10 minutes daily!) so I want them to be as healthy for them as possible! And waresbear, you don't get it. It doesn't matter how good it is for US because horses have a completely different digestive system. Too much starch is bad for a horse. And molasses is like sugar to them, but it has nothing to do with processing.
    07-09-2011, 12:13 AM
Personally, I would stick with something like carrots. Baby carrots are fairly cheap and just about bite sized. Plus, there is a bit of natural sugar in them but no added sugar products so feeding a few of them every day shouldn't be that big of a deal so long as your horse isn't IR or have Cushings.

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