When we say exciting treats, we don’t mean whipping out a chocolate bar and feeding it to your horse. As much as we all may like chocolate, it isn’t good for your horse and if you’re competing it can cause a positive drug test. We’ve put together a list of exciting treats we think your horse will love.
1. Apple Slices & Peanut Butter
Now we all know horses love apples, so what better way to treat your horse than to put peanut butter on each slice. Or, you could even take out the core and stuff the inside with the peanut butter.
2. Likit Starter Kit
Horse licks are a great way to reward your horse and keep them entertained while ensuring they get the right nutrients they need. The Likit Starter Kit is great value to get you started out. Shop the Likit Starter Kit here.
3. Apple Bobbing
Placing apples in your horses water is a great way of keeping your horse entertained. It also helps prevent the water from freezing over during the sub-zero winter temperatures we've been getting! If your horse is on limited turnout then you could also string up and hang vegetables such as swedes and apples from the beam in your stable - if you have one.
4. Likit Stud Muffins
These stud muffins are the perfect little daily treat or reward for your horses. They’re packed with a bunch of natural ingredients including wholegrains, linseed and fenugreek, making them nutritious and tasty. Shop Likit Stud Muffins here.
5. Apple Oat Horse Cakes
If you’re into DIY treats and baking, these are for you. Perfect for a one-off treat or even a treat for their birthday, your horse will love these.
Ingredients (for 20 treats approx.):
- 1 ½ cup of oats
- 1 ½ cup of crushed fruit loops cereal
- ½ cup of cinnamon applesauce
- ¼ cup of white or whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup of dark brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F or gas mark 4. Thoroughly mix all the ingredients together and then shape them into small cakes, putting them on a greaseproof cooking sheet. Use the fruit loops and press one into the centre of each cake. Bake for 14 minutes. Make sure to let the cakes cool thoroughly before feeding them. These can be refrigerated for long-term storage.
6. Sticky Treats
These ones are super easy and don’t take long to make. If your horse loves carrots or apples, they’re sure to love the sticky addition of syrup even more.
Simply cut an apple in half and make sure to take the core out. Then, roll the apple in the syrup and oats. Repeat this process using a carrot. We recommend using corn syrup or you could even use molasses for a low sugar blend. You can buy our NAF Molasses here.
There are substitutions like dark corn syrup, honey or maple syrup if you don’t want to use molasses.
7. Equilibrium Crunchits
These low sugar, healthy horse treats are the perfect daily treat or reward. Made with strawberry, beetroot, parsnip, carrot, banana, pea and spinach, Crunchits have a variety of flavours, smells and textures that both horses and ponies love. These low calorie, bite-sized treats are suitable for all horses and ponies, including those prone to laminitis. You can buy the Equilibrium Crunchits here.
8. Sweet Feed Horse Cookies
Have you got some extra sweet feed lying around? Why not have some fun and bake some of these cookies for your horse! If your horse has a sweet tooth, they will love these. They’re easy to make and they’re done in 20 minutes.
- Powdered sugar
- 4 cups of sweet feed
- ¼ cup of brown sugar
- 3 cups of molasses
- 2 grated carrots
- 2 grated apples
- ½ cup of four
Make sure to preheat your oven to 200°C/400°F while preparing. Mix together all the ingredients, apart from the powdered sugar (this is for later). Once mixed, roll the mixture into large balls and flatten them down on a baking tray that has the greaseproof paper on. Put them in the oven for 20 minutes. After you have taken them out of the oven and let them cool, sprinkle the powdered sugar over the top and you’re good to go!
9. NAF Minty Treats
These next two treats are for the horses that love a minty taste in their treats. NAF Minty treats are 100% natural and are made using quality ingredients, including real peppermint. They are a healthy and delicious treat that are ideal for everyday feeding or now and again as a reward. You can buy the NAF Minty Treats here.
10. Peppermint Treats
Does your horse love the taste of peppermint? These homemade treats are perfect for an occasional treat or a reward during training.
- Bag of peppermints (10 crushed)
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 apples (chopped)
- 1 cup of oats
- ¼ cup of molasses
Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F. Mix the flour and the oats together in a bowl and then add the molasses. Slowly add water until the mixture is doughy and then add the crushed peppermint and apples. Roll the mixture into small balls and flatten on a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Use the leftover peppermints to press onto the top of each treat. Cook them in the oven until they are golden brown. Make sure to let them cool before feeding them to your horse.
11. Frozen treats
This treat is great for keeping your horse cool and entertained in the summer months and it’s easy to make.
Simply take a bowl, add chopped apple and carrots (or whatever you want to give your horse), then add a splash of sugar-free apple juice for some more flavour and fill the bowl with water. Put it in your freezer overnight and you’ll be good to go the next morning! If you want to hang your frozen treat, simply add string into the water before freezing. This is one to remember for when the weather warms up a bit!
Remember, always feed your horse treats in moderation and never overfeed. We hope you enjoyed these 10 exciting treats for horses and we hope your horse enjoys eating them!