December 13th is National Horse Day! We certainly owe a lot to our equine buddies. Horses have carried us on their backs since the dawn of recorded time. This is a great time to give Silver a special snack! In this article, a Pickerington, OH vet offers some great horse treat recipes.
Easy Jet No Bake Cookies
This one originally came from the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum. Mix ½ cup peanut butter, ¾ cup powdered sugar, and ¾ cup milk. Then, stir in a cup of raw oats, ¾ cup puffed wheat or granola, and 1 cup chopped apple chips. Divide into small portions, and let set on waxed paper.
Mix a cup of dry molasses with a cup of water and ½ cup light caro syrup. Cook them on baking rack until they start to ‘crackle’, then stir in ¼ teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of vanilla. Next, add in sweet feed, grain, or even kettle corn. Mix into balls, and let set until dry.
Giddy Yup Yums
For this one, you’ll need a cup of flour, a pound of grain, ½ cup of raisins, 2 cups of molasses, and ¾ cup beer. Start by combining the molasses, flour, and beer. Once you have that mixed, slowly stir in the grain and then, finally, the raisins. Pour the batter onto a baking sheet, and cook at 250 for about 25 minutes. Take the squares out, and separate into individual servings. Then, put the treats back in the oven for about 40 minutes. Allow them to cool overnight.
The Mane Event
We’ve yet to meet a horse (or cow) that doesn’t love these. You’ll need 2 cups of oats, some grated carrots, a chopped apple, ½ cup of molasses, ½ cup of flour, and a tablespoon of coconut oil. You can also add some honey and/or a little brown sugar. Combine everything together in one bowl. You may need to add a bit of water, depending on the type of oats you used. When you have everything mixed into a batter, roll it into balls and place them onto cookie sheets. About 30 minutes at 325 should do it.
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Winchester Veterinary Clinic, your Pickerington, OH vet clinic, anytime. Please contact us for all your horse’s veterinary care needs.