During the holiday season, people spoil loved ones with special gifts. For many, this includes the horses in their lives. While riders might appreciate a new pair of boots or apparel, horses will likely prefer some yummy treats. Preparing horse treats can be fun any day of the year, but even more so around the holidays. It can be a family activity or one you can do with friends from the barn.
If your horse has special dietary concerns remember that as you prepare the treats. Cushing’s, laminitis or Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM) prone horses cannot have any sugar or molasses. Quarter Horses with Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis cannot have feeds high in potassium, such as bananas.
With these cautionary tips in mind, head to the kitchen and try mixing up some of the tasty treats below.
Carrot & Apple Pâté with Faux Caviar
Ingredients: 2 carrots, diced 1 medium apple, sliced 1/3 cup honey (or molasses) 1/3 cup bran 1/4 cup water Hay cubes Handful of horse feed pellets Handful of raisins
Preparation: Place apples, honey (or molasses), bran and water into a blender. Add carrots slowly and blend until pureed. Mixture should be pasty; add more bran if necessary. Spread liberally onto each hay cube and top with one raisin and a sprinkle of pellets (the “faux caviar”).
Tri-Color Apple & Carrot Salad
Ingredients: 1 large handful of hay 1 to 2 carrots with the tops, sliced 2 red apples, cut in sixths 2 green apples, cut in sixths 2 yellow apples, cut in sixths
Preparation: Straighten out hay and cut with scissors into pieces approximately 10 inches long and place in a feed bucket. Arrange in a criss-cross pattern, making a circle flat on the bottom of the feed bucket. Cut the tops off the carrots and tuck the green tops in around the edge of the criss-crossed hay.
Arrange sliced carrots and the apples in a decorative manner, alternating the colors of the apples. To garnish: Place a sprig of carrot top in the center of the salad.
These recipes are excerpted from The Original Book of Horse Treats by June Evers.