So I'm a poor broke college student who really wants to do something nice for her trainer and the WONDERFUL lesson horses who take care of me and the other riders week after week.
I was thinking about doing some homemade horse treats (as many as possible since she has many many horses) but I've never tried this before. I'm not a baker either, but can follow a recipe.
I've done some googling, but a lot of the recipes call for some type of grain. Since I don't have a horse of my own, I don't really want to go out and buy a whole bag of grain just to make some treats. (Plus, my non-horsey roommates may not like that in our kitchen )
So I'm looking for an easy recipe with ingredients that can be found at a regular grocery store. Oh, and one that doesn't need to be refrigerated since there isn't one nearby at the barn.
Look a little deeper. I just googled. You can buy the whole oats and bran at a variety of grocery stores.
However, the truth is you can buy cookies less expensively than you can make them. And I've never made any that the horses liked better than Mrs. Pastures. In fact, I've made recipes that only the ponies would eat.
That said, you could ask someone with horses to sell you a few cups of grain. An alternative to that is use whole oats, which may be found at health food stores (at a price, mind you).
Btw, many dogs like horse cookies, too!
Dressage becomes art when it is a joy for the horse. -KBH
1 3/4 C apple sauce
1/4 C Molasses ( you can use feed grade molasses)
add 2 C crushed bran cereal
mix well and allow to moisten
add 2 C quick oatmeal
mix together, you might need your hands
you want a stiff dough, if it is wet add more oatmeal
roll into small walnut sized balls
roll in kosher salt ( regular salt does not work well)
bake in 325 degree oven for 1/2 hour, turn off oven and leave overnight.
how wet the recipie starts out depends on your applesauce. If it is a commercial type, it will be fairly wet and require more oatmeal. If you make yourself from cooked down apples it will be less wet. I use to make my own, but a large jar of applesauce , when on sale , is a great deal.
The oatmeal and cereal can be bought at the dry bins of a well supplied store, otherwise I use the cheapest source.
This is great! Unfortunately Mrs. Pastures cookies are ridiculously expensive around here so I wanted to try something else.
I'll have to read some more when I get home. I just did very poorly on an exam and am trying to do the next best thing to visiting the barn: going to Boarders to buy horse books! Sadly, there is some girl buying out the ENTIRE horse section (we're talking a basket and a half and she's only on the third row) who keeps body blocking me whenever I try to look at something. So now I'm sitting in the coffee shop waiting until she finishes so I can look at her leftovers.
I have a recipe for oatmeal cookies that I make around xmas time. I always end up sharing them with the horses. They aren't great for frequent feeding because of the sugar and fat content obviously (for me either ) but holy smokes, are they delicious.
1 cup (I use 1 stick of crisco butter shortening)
1 1/4 cup (packed) brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3 cups oatmeal
Heat oven to 350 degrees
Beat together shortening, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth and creamy.
Add eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.
Add combined flour, baking soda and salt.
Stir in oats; mix well.
Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown
Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet and remove to wire rack to continue cooling
I also got a seriously awesome looking recipes in my PMs - it's like a cookie you wrap around a starlight mint. How fun. I haven't tried them yet but I am going to make a little batch next week. Maresy loves peppermints; she always makes the most interesting faces when she gets them. "Oh, candy! Nomnomnom- OH MY LORD IT'S MINTY!!!!!"
Give me a moment to get into my PM's and I'll add it.
OK, this calls for sweet feed but I'll share it anyway. They look too fun not to. Courtesy of cother Cruise Control:
1/3 cup sweet feed
Mix together, form into balls around a peppermint candy. Bake 13-15 minutes at 350 degrees. When they come out they will be soft. They harden as they cool and can be stored in an airtight container. I am going to bake on paper because I have had molasses stick and run.
I can't wait to see Maresy's face when she discovers the surprise in the middle. I will endeavor to have a camera handy so I can share her startled joy with COTH.
Just so you know, I added about 1/4ish cup more of sweet feed to the recipe and it worked better. My molasses seemed more runny this time so the extra feed helped to hold everything together. You kind of have to play around with the mixture to get it to form balls. The horses love them though