Horses are herbivores. They are grazers and love to eat plants and grass. They can graze on grass for as long as seventeen hours a day. They enjoy hay, oats, fruits and root crops. They also need salt to aid in their digestion.
There are two categories of horses: thoroughbreds and working horses. Thoroughbreds are a cross between Arabians and native English horses. They are bred for speed and mainly used for racing, dressage, show jumping, hunting and polo. They are known as warm bloods. On the other hand, working horses are called cold bloods. They are bigger and heavier and bred for heavy, slow work such as riding, pulling carriages, rodeo and police work.
Working horses are really hard-working and strong animals. Think horsepower! Horses have been voted as the fourth favorite animal worldwide. Found in many parts of the world, the largest horse population, over eight million, can be found in China.
Such hard-working animals that can do almost all the heavy farm work deserve some treats. Although there are treats that you can buy, aside from their favorite apples and carrots, you can make several horse treats that your horses will really love. Here are some recipes, from easy no-cook ones to baked goodies.
Cookie Recipe 1
- 1 cup grated apples
- 1 cup grated carrots
- ¼ cup molasses
- 2 tablespoons corn oil
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly grease a cookie sheet
- Mix the first four ingredients in a large bowl.
- Fold the oats, flour and salt until all the ingredients are well mixed.
- Spread all the dough on the cookie sheet.
- Score dough like you would a pizza to make breaking the cookie easier.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the cookie is golden brown.
- Allow to cool before breaking into smaller pieces.
Cookie Recipe 2
- 4 cups steam-rolled oats
- 8 tablespoons flour
- ½ cup molasses
- ¾ cup water
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients until the mixture resembles thick dough.
- Grease a cookie sheet and drop spoonfuls of dough on the sheet, about an inch apart.
- Bake until crisp, about 1 hour.
- Allow to cool before giving to your horse.
Mix together one cup molasses, 1 cup dry oats or oatmeal, 1 diced apple, ½ cup chopped carrots, one tablespoon sugar and 4 crushed peppermints.
Apple with Banana Glaze
Peel and cut a banana and put in a blender with a handful of ice cubes. Blend until creamy. Cut the top off the apple and scoop out the middle. Fill it with the banana mixture, put the apple top back and pour the rest of the banana glaze over the apple before serving.
- 2 apples, sliced
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons margarine
- Melt margarine in a sauce pan over medium heat.
- Add the brown sugar and stir until the mixture starts to boil. Bring it down to a simmer.
- Dip the apple slices in the sugar-margarine mix and roll the apples in the oats
- Allow to cool before serving.
While apples and carrots are the usual treats that you can give your horse, spicing them up with some other ingredients will make these ordinary treats into something more special particularly after a really hard work day or during special occasions. They are easy to make and your horses will love you for it.