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Holiday Treats for your Horses!

by Bonnie Marlewski-Probert

Excerpted from her book, The Family Pet Treat Cookbook available at More than 175 healthy recipes that are sure to please all the cats, dogs and equines in your life!

The holidays are upon us. A time of year filled with peace, love, good friends and your favorite holiday goodies. While you are busy baking your favorite holiday cookies, don’t forget your horses! We’ve included three of our favorite holiday goodies from The Family Pet Treat Cookbook which includes healthy, all-natural goodies for all the felines, canines and equines in your life.

If your barn is hosting a pot luck dinner, why not bring a dessert dish for the horses using one of our fun recipes below. Or, consider making holiday stockings for each horse in your barn and stuffing them with healthy treats. Remember that all treats should be fed to your horses in moderation, a lesson we could all stand to learn especially around the holidays!

Peppermint Pony Treats

2 cups flour
1 cup oats
1/4 cup molasses
10 crushed peppermints
2 apples

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1.Mix flour and oats together.
2. Add molasses.
3. Add water slowly until it is doughy.
4. Add peppermints and apples.
5. Flatten the mixture evenly on a jelly roll pan and bake for 8 – 10 minutes or until golden brown at 350 degrees. Let cool and cut into small pieces with a sharp knife or a pizza cutter. Store in an air tight container in your refrigerator until ready to serve.

Peppermint Equine Apples

1 large apple
1 shredded carrot
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup honey
5 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
3 crushed peppermints

1. Cut the apple in large chunks and set aside.
2. Mix the honey, peppermints, sugar and salt in a bowl.
3. Mix the oats and carrot in a separate shallow bowl.
4. Coat the apple chunks in the honey mixture and roll in the oat mixture.
5. Place on a plate or Tupperware container and refrigerate for two hours or until you feed to horses.
6. Keep refrigerated. Will store refrigerated for two days.

Holiday Horsey Treats

1 cup flour
1 cup Grape Nuts cereal
1/4 cup light corn syrup (Karo)
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
3 drops food coloring (I use red)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Mix liquids and food coloring together in one large bowl.
2. Add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
3. Roll into balls or other shapes.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until crispy.
5. Cool thoroughly before serving.

To obtain your own copy of The Family Pet Treat Cookbook, visit This fun book includes more than 175 healthy, fun treat recipes for canines, felines and equines. Save money and control the ingredients in your treats by making them yourself. Great training for your children in the kitchen while making your canines, felines and equines happy campers!

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