homemade horse treats?

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        02-17-2014, 04:23 PM
    homemade horse treats?

    My horses are just on free choice hay with no grain so I can't really add anything extra like supplements to their diet. So I had this idea, let me know if it stupid or if it may work.
    I was thinking about making horse treats with pumpkin seeds, flax seed, and raspberry leaves. Maybe use molasses to bind it?
    I don't know if these ingredients will work, or if I am missing something dangerous, or if they will make any difference what so ever so the ingredients will be in such small doses? Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
    I am not worried about the horses taking to them because my two will eat anything, if you have it in your hands they just want to vacuum it up.
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        02-18-2014, 08:53 PM
    I am not clear on why you want to do this? B/c you can't add supplements?
        02-18-2014, 09:10 PM
    I guess that could work, but it sounds like it would be a lot of extra prep and experimentation on your part. I typically just give a scoop of grain, chaff, rice bran etc....anything that is loose and can be wetted a little, scoop the supplements the horses needs in and adding just enough water to bind it all. Unless you use beet pulp which will need to be soaked properly and then it's typically wet enough on its own to add the supplements, stir them in and feed.

    Are you in a situation where you or the BO cannot reliably feed a supplement so you're hoping a treat will be given easier?
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        02-18-2014, 09:10 PM
    Pretty much, yeah
        02-18-2014, 09:13 PM
    Zeke, I don't mind prep or experimentation, I wanted to try this as like a project I guess. Also yes, I am in the situation you guessed and treats would be much easier.
        02-18-2014, 09:23 PM
    Could you premix baggies of the supplement you want and leave them labeled by your horse's stall and ask whoever feeds to give a Baggie everyday? Or are your horses in a field? I know any people who go the premixed Baggie route and it works well, you'll need a small feed bin though.
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        02-18-2014, 10:04 PM
    They are in a field with like 20 horses, and I can't be out there everyday (I go about 5 days a week weather permitting.) So I can't bring them in to feed and I can't just leave it for the barn manager :P But I am not worried about it being too much work, I am a high schooler who needs something to do after school. (Beside horse forum)
        02-18-2014, 10:37 PM
    Got it. A friend of mine used to bring homemade treats down to the barn that looked much like just sweet feed and various things packed into a muffin tin and let to sort of harden. I wish I had an actual recipe for you though.
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        02-18-2014, 10:39 PM
    Oh, I see. Well...to be honest it sounds like it would be a sticky mess. :) Either way, I would research the raspberry leaves...and if you insist on making messes for your poor parents to clean up after (I am joking), then here is a suggestion....put some dry oatmeal in the blender and turn it to dust and use it to "dust" the little goo balls so they aren't so sticky. :)

    But, I think the baggies of supplements is a good idea, too.
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        02-18-2014, 10:56 PM
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    I tried doing homemade horse treats a couple times- I think I used one of the recipes from this website, though I can't remember which one: Horse Treats - Page 1

    My horse (and the horses around him) liked them OK but didn't seem as excited about them as they did about good old apples & carrots. They also went bad pretty quickly (within a few days)

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