How to Make Horse Treats

Two Methods:Bake Some Horse TreatsMake Some Treats Without Using the Oven

Horses enjoy the occasional treat or special feed. There are a wide variety of options that are easy to make at home, and your horse will love. Oatmeal cookies, crunchy snacks, grass salads, and fruit-based treats are a few of the possibilities. Keep the treats healthy and don’t overfeed your horse.

Method 1
Bake Some Horse Treats

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    Make carrot and apple cakes. You can bake some simple fruity cake treats for your horse at home. Horses tend to love apples and carrots, so this recipe is normally a winner. Gather together one carrot, an apple, a cup of molasses, two and a half cups of oats, and some vegetable oil. Grate up the apple and the carrot, and then mix them in with all the other ingredients.
    • Place the mixture onto a shallow baking tray, and then place the tray in a pre-heated oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Bake it for around 40 minutes, or until they look golden brown.
    • Remove the tray from the oven and allow the mixture to cool for four hours in the fridge before you cut out the cakes.[1]
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    Bake some crunchy oatmeal snacks. For this recipe you will need a cup of dry oatmeal, a cup of flour, and a cup of chopped carrots. You will also need some sugar, salt, vegetable oil and molasses. Start by chopping up carrots into small pieces, and mix in the oatmeal and flour. Add a teaspoon of salt and one of sugar and mix it some more. Next, stir in two teaspoons of vegetable oil, before pouring in a quarter cup of molasses.
    • Stir the mixture thoroughly until everything is sticking together.
    • Use your hands to form the mixture into small balls and place them on a greased baking tray.
    • Put the balls into a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and bake for around 15 minutes, or until golden brown.[2]
    • Ensure they have completed cooled before feeding them to your horse.
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    Prepare some oat bars. Another variation on the baked oats recipe are oat bars. You will need a third of a cup of oats, a third of a cup of sweet feed, a third of cup of molasses, and a third of a cup of flour. Mix all of these ingredients in a large bowl, starting with the oats and adding them one at a time. When the mixture is thick and sticky, mould it into a series of bars. You can wrap each bar in tin foil, or use a cookie cutter or mould if you have one.
    • Put the bars onto a greased tray and place them in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Bake the bars for around 22 minutes, before removing them and allowing them to cool in the fridge or freezer.[3]
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    Try some cob cookies. You can make some simple baked cookie treats using cob feed (a mix of oats, corn, and barley). You will need eight cups of dry cob feed, three cups of ground carrots, half a cup of corn oil, two cups of flour and two cups of molasses. Gather all the ingredients and then mix them together well, in a large bowl. Leave the mixture to stand for an hour to enable the grain to absorb more of the moisture, and then stir it up again.
    • Scoop out teaspoon sized amounts and place them onto an oiled or greased baking tray.
    • Bake them in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, for between 12 and 18 minutes.
    • Cool the cookies on a cooling tray and then store them in an airtight container.[4]

Method 2
Make Some Treats Without Using the Oven

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    Try some “no-bake” cookies. You can make cookies and crunchy snacks for your horse without turning on the oven. One good recipe is for peppermint cookies. For five of these you will need a cup of rolled oats, a quarter cup of water, 1-2 tbsp. of molasses, and five peppermints. Start by mixing up the oats and the water. Stir it up together until the oats are all damp.
    • Next, you should add the molasses gradually, stirring as you go, until the mixture is nice and sticky.
    • Roll the mixture up into balls, and then press one peppermint onto each cookie.
    • Put the cookies in the fridge and wait for them to harden before treating your horse.[5]
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    Prepare a banana-glazed apple. For this treat, you just need an apple, a banana, and a handful of ice cubes. Start by peeling and then slicing up the banana. Put the banana pieces into a blender with some ice cubes and blend it until the mixture becomes creamy. Next, cut off the top of the apple and carefully scoop out the middle.
    • Spoon the creamy banana mixture into the hollowed-out apple.
    • Then pour out any remaining banana mixture onto the sides of the apples.[6]
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    Make some frozen grape pops. Another fruity treat just requires a few carrots and bunch of grapes. Start by slicing the carrots into slim sticks. Then push one carrot stick into each grape so the grape stays on the end of the carrot stick, a bit like a popsicle. Then put the grapes in ice cube trays, so the carrots are sticking up, and put them in your freezer.[7]
    • Leave them in the freezer for a couple of hours so they go cold, but do not completely freeze.
    • Then you have a nice cool fruity treat to give your horse on a hot day.
    • Make sure the grapes are seedless, or you have removed all the seeds.
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    Try a healthy grass salad. You can mix up a nice salad as a healthy and delicious treat for your horse. For this variety you will need to start by gathering five chopped dandy lion plants (when they are in bloom, and excluding any roots). Combine this with two handfuls of chopped young bunch grass, or thick blade grass, and two handfuls of young wheat grass.
    • Add four cups of young pink clover (when in bloom), and a handful of chopped parsley.
    • The final ingredient is two washed and chopped up spinach plants.
    • Mix everything together well, and you will have a very healthy and delicious salad for your horse.[8]
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    Prepare a fruity salad. For a slightly sweeter treat, you can mix up a delicious fruit salad. For this salad you will need two pears, an apple, four carrots, a quarter of a watermelon, and a plum. Cut all these ingredients up into small pieces and mix them together. Add a spoonful of cod liver oil, and mix it in well.
    • This will make a big salad that you can share with more than one horse.
    • You can add extra vitamins and minerals to the salad if necessary.[9]


  • Don't over feed treats, or your horse may become spoiled and always demand them.
  • Unless you intend on storing some in the freezer, only make enough to last about a week, otherwise they may get stale or moldy.
  • Maybe you can try selling them or donating to others.
  • If your friends have a horse, give some of these treats to them for special events, like Christmas and birthdays.


  • Don't add too much sugar or sweet feed
  • Only feed what the owners (if a schooled Horse) tell you to feed

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