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Equine Holiday Treats

The holiday season is here, which means cookie season has arrived. Making holiday cookies is a personal favorite of mine, and I always love to include the horses in my life. Of course, making treats for your horse any time of the year is a rewarding experience; especially when you get to feed them to your horse. Check out these recipes below for some holiday treat inspiration for your horse.


Peppermint-Stick Bran Mash

The peppermint-stick bran mash is a personal favorite. It combines a lot of different ingredients that horses enjoy. It can be a bit messy so don’t wear your good clothes when serving. It also doesn’t require too many ingredients, and most are available around the barn.


1 cup crushed candy canes 3 to 5 cups bran 1 tablespoon salt 1 carrot, diced 1/2 cup molasses 2 cups sweet feed

Dissolve crushed candy canes in 2 to 3 cups of boiling water and let water cool to warm. Then, mix all ingredients together except sweet feed in a feed bucket. Add more warm water to make it soupy, rather than crumbly. Cover with towel and let stand until cool. Right before serving, spread a thin layer of sweet feed over the top and sprinkle on a crushed candy cane to garnish.


Steamed Apple Pudding

If you want to give your horse a warm, winter, classic treat then try this apple pudding. While you’re eating your eggnog and pudding inside, they can be eating their apple pudding as well. This can also be a great treat for older horses because the mashed up apples can be easy to chew.


4 cups bran 2 apples, quartered Water Cinnamon

In a large pot, combine all ingredients with enough water to make a soupy mash. Simmer on low to medium heat until the apples are mushy. Remove from stove, cover and let cool. Serve warm. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.


Christmas Cake

This Christmas cake is a bit more involved than the other two recipes, but is a great way to celebrate the holiday season. You can also use this recipe for a birthday celebration. Try adding your horse’s favorite treats to spice up the cake and personalize it for your horse.


4 cups sweet feed 1 apple, chopped 1 cup raisins 1/2 cup molasses 2 eggs Purple grapes 2 carrots, diced Sugar cubes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a cake pan and set aside.

Mix sweet feed, apple, raisins, molasses, and eggs together well. Press into cake pan and bake for one hour. Remove and let cool completely. Top with grapes, carrots, and sugar cubes.


These are just a few treats that are out there so look around Google and Pinterest for some more suggestions. Feel free to tweak recipes so that they fit your horse’s favorite treats. Happy holidays and happy baking!

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