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post #1 of 23 Old 11-22-2013, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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hello guys. i want to make a horse treat that is actually healthy. like something i don't have to feel bad about giving to my horses, but still is appealing to them. what can i put in some home made treats that is good for horse. preferably soothing that will last and not go bad in a couple days.

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post #2 of 23 Old 11-22-2013, 03:38 PM
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There are many recipes out there for horse cookies/treats but they don't have the preservative ingredients you get with commercially available treats; preservatives not available to the general consumer. Since most, if not all, of the available recipes call for molasses, you aren't going to keep them more than a few days, maybe a couple more days if you can keep them refrigerated.

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Carrots. They last a long time, you can break them or cut them into smaller pieces. They're unprocessed. They're cheap. Horses love them. Ummm...they're orange, and who doesn't love orange?
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thank you both but are carrots really very healthy? i have no clue about the nutrition in carrots.
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Unless you are feeding bucket loads of any one type of treat, I don't think you really need to worry about it. (Barring allergies or digestive disorders)

Carrots have vitamins and minerals in them, plus a bit of natural sugar, which we all need anyway.
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All the horses I've had have loved the big alfalfa cubes or pellets (pack pellets is what they're called sometimes? They're 1" in diameter at least.) as treats.

I also like these since they're so low NSC and smell so yummy, but they're expensive:
Skode's Horse Treats Home Page My horses go nuts for them, though!

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thank you both but are carrots really very healthy? i have no clue about the nutrition in carrots.
A tremendous source of vitamin A for the immune system and skin health. Look at various threads about vitamin A and rain rot.
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I baked horse treats a couple times until I realized that they didn't last very long and my horse really liked carrots, apples, alfalfa cubes, etc. much more!

I currently have a couple types of treats- plain old alfalfa pellets if I'm going to be giving a lot of treats, Berry-flavored alfalfa cube treats for "everyday" treats, and Super Stars for special occasions. I also occasionally bring carrots, and on rare occasions apples.

My horse may be a bit spoiled
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post #9 of 23 Old 11-22-2013, 06:26 PM
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Lots of carrots for my mares!! I buy the 3 lb. bags @ the grocery store (really inexpensive) and chop them up into about 1" pieces while making dinner, etc... I put them in empty Sand Clear tubs in the frig. When it's time to go out back to do chores/feed/turn-out/groundwork or just check on them, they always know I have carrots in my pocket. I have them give me a kiss, bow, or reward excellent behavior with them, and they love it! :)
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Am I one of the few that still uses the good old fashioned sugar cubes?

We use carrots a lot as well. Between sugar cubes sparingly, and carrots less sparingly, they're overjoyed.

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