Hi all! Just in case you ever wanted to make your own treats for the special horse(s) in your life, here's a handy and pretty easy recipe I use:
Treat Recipe: "Nicker"doodles
Here's an easy recipe for yummy horse cookies. It doesn't take much time and you probably have all of the necessary ingredients in your kitchen!
3 cups of Quaker Oats (the original, long-cooking kind is the best, but you can use the instant or 1 minute kind if that's all you have)
1 large carrot, shredded (can substitute 1 large apple, diced...or dehydrated apples, which helps the dough's "stickiness")...(can also substitute peppermint oil)
1/2 cup of applesauce
1/4 cup of honey (or molasses)
1/4 cup of oil
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a medium bowl, blend together the applesauce, honey and oil and set it aside.
In a large bowl, mix the oats and shredded carrot (or apple, or peppermint) together. Fold in the applesauce, honey and oil mixture and continue stirring until it is all blended well together.
Roll into small cookies or balls, about 1 inch in diameter. (If too sticky, add a few more oats. If too dry to stick together, add just a little more oil.)
Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool completely before giving to your horse. Place remaining cooled cookies in a ziplock plastic bag for storage.
I know we all want to spoil our babies but remember that too much sugar is really bad for a horse. A couple of these treats a day is plenty and they'll love it!
HANDY TIP: If this is too sticky and messy to roll it with your hands, try this: Put the dough in a large sheet of plastic wrap (like Saran Wrap), roll it up tightly. Using both hands, press lightly and roll it on your counter top, into a roll (like refrigerated cookie dough) and then partially freeze it! It will cut off so easily!