Making homemade horse treats is an activity that both me and my kids enjoy, and we’re often trying new horse treat recipes.
Not only is it a fun way to spend the afternoon, it’s also a great chance to experiment with our own ingredient combinations.
My horses are far from picky, so whether it’s a win or a fail they always seem pleased, and luckily don’t mind eating slightly crispy (burnt) or soft (gooey) horse treats.
After going through dozens of recipes we’ve come up with a list of ingredients that you can practically combine in any amount to create something your horse will find eatable.
And just because they’re treats, doesn’t have to mean they’re unhealthy!
I like to pack mine full of ingredients that have added benefits to promote a shiny coat, a healthy gut and digestible energy. Here are a few suggestions (and links to the benefits!).
Healthy Horse Treat Recipe Ingredients
- Coconut Oil (see Coconut Oil for Horses)
- Apple Cider Vinegar (see Apple Cider Vinegar for Horses)
- Chia Seeds (see Chia Seeds for Horses)
- Himalayan Salt (see Himalayan Salt for Horses)
Or you’re feeling adventurous and have knack for baking, give your own DIY Horse Treats a try:If you’d prefer tried-and-true treat recipes, here’s a list of more recommended favorites:
More Fun Recipes
Tips for Feeding Treats to Horses
While I occasionally feed treats by hand just for fun, or while clicker training, it’s not something I do on a regular basis.
Horses can become too “mouthy” if they begin to expect hand-fed treats, which can eventually lead to biting and other bad habits.
Instead, I toss a few treats into their bucket as a reward, or just mix them into their usual feed.
Alternatively, you can choose to only hand-feed treats at a particular time, such as when you’re catching them in the field, or putting them away at night.
This can be a great way to get extra calories into your picky eaters!
What’s your favorite homemade horse treat recipe? Share it in the comments!
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