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Christmas Treats for Your Horse
I was just wondering if you give your horses special (food) treats for Christmas? I was considering perhaps giving some crushed peppermint bits in their feed or something like that. I know the sugar isn't exactly good for them, but I do feed them peppermints as treats after every ride already, so I don't think it would make that much difference, would it?
We give a special Christmas mash on Christmas Eve, with shredded apples. On Christmas morning we peel big juicy oranges and let them have a go at them - they seem to love it!
I don't see any harm in a few peppermints...BTW, I fed my horse a bagel this morning and he loved it!
I make special treats, one recipe is makes Oat and Carrot treats, the other makes Apple and Molasses treats. They love them!
Ha ha, I love it when people agree about spoiling horses! :D I'd love it if we could share recipes!
I made some treats today, pretty basic recipe -- just oats, shaved carrot and apple, a bit of oil and lots of molasses. I tried one -- they're actually pretty darn good.
I like the idea of feeding a plump, juicy orange on Christmas day, as that is a tradition in our house anyway among the humans at least. Maybe I'll bake her a single horse muffin with a ground peppermint candy in it as a seasonal treat...
Seconded, we should all share our fav recipes. :)
Okay, so I finally have some ideas to share. I'm a Vegan myself, and as I also think it would be weird to feed horses dairy or eggs, I've been trying to think of some Vegan treats. I tried to make some Vegan Snickerdoodle cookies today, and after they came out wonderfully (my Non-Vegan family and my brother's friends loved them!) I thought "I bet these would make good horses treats!"
RECIPE:This is just the basic "plain" cookie recipe. (To make actual snickerdoodles, shape them into balls, then roll in Cinnamon sugar before flattening and baking.) I thought that you could do a lot of different variations on this...add shredded apple or carrot, crushed peppermints, or oats, or mashed banana. You could even do garlic, or perhaps peanut butter*.
* Not sure about feeding these things to horses - what do you think?
Both my horses love , love , love peppermints! Everything in moderation.
I have seen mashes that you can buy that have peppermints crushed up , I think I saw that in the SmartPak catalog (holiday mash) I thought about that for my own boys since Christmas evening is my night to feed : )
oh oh oh!!! I read this some where...
Take a ice cream cone put some of your horses fav. grain in and add shaved carrots and maybe some molasses!
:-)I core an apple - then take a knife and make little holes where I took the core out - then I stuff crushed peppermint pieces in there - my guys LOVE it!
I found another recipe that I may try on Christmas night.Use a Pie Pan take sliced up carrots and apples use some corn oil drizzled on top then sprinkle on sugar and cinnamon . You then can bake it at 300 degrees until warm , serve when cool and it feeds several horses. Just put a spoonful on top of their regular grain. It is a little extra treat without it being too much ....
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