treat do's and donts'
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.
as always thanks for your help!
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.
Easy to Make Horse Treat Recipes | Homemade Horse Treats
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?
thank you both but are carrots really very healthy? i have no clue about the nutrition in carrots.
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.
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!
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 :oops:
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! :)
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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