Im not much of a baker, or a cook for that matter. Half of the food I cook for friends and family is only border line edible.
One of the infuriating things about having barefoot horses is keeping them on a sugar free diet, and tack shops only really stock molasses filled treats!
So why is molasses bad? Well, sugar isn’t naturally found in a horses diet in the amount that would be in something like a lick or a bag of commercial horse treats and will especially affect barefoot horses because their feet will soften with too much sugar. The problem is, horses love sugar! So companies will ram those treats and licks full of the stuff so well intending horse owners will think ‘wow my horse absolutely loves these, I should buy more ‘ unfortunately, it’s like the equivalent of stuffing your child full of Haribo.
So I quite like the idea of being able to easily bake a batch of my own cookies/treats. Here are some ideas of what you can put together out of what’s in your house!
Most people tend to use either their existing horse feed, like a chaff, or something like bran or oats. In some recipes you can get away with a flour/oil/water combination, this involved a little bit of experimentation for me.
So what do you use to ‘stick’ ingredients together? As far as I’ve researched, your best bets are:
A) Honey – locally sourced honey is also really good for things like hay fever or horses that suffer with pollen allergies.
B) Peanut butter – there’s lots of mixed reviews about feeding horses peanut butter, the general idea is smooth is better than crunchy, but I’ve used crunchy because I have some in the fridge. Scandalous!
C) Sugar free / low sugar apple sauce will be tasty and sticky!
When you’ve got your main ingredient and your ‘sticky’ element, you just need to add something like apples, carrots or polos (can you get sugar free ones?)
Tonight I’ve had a bash at these, let me know if you give it a go and what you find works!
Turmeric Horse Cookies
- 1 tablespoon of Turmeric
- Black pepper (a few turns of a grinder will do)
- A tablespoon of oil (I used olive, but will try coconut oil next time)
- 4 heaped table spoons of flour.
- Oats (I cheated and used a couple of crushed up oatibix)
- Some water. (Add little and often until your mixture is doughy)
I added some small cut up bits of Apple, and then used a rolling pin to roll the dough out about 1cm thick. I then a cookie cutter to make them a nice round biscuit shape. I oiled a baking tray and left them in the oven at 180C for 10-12 minutes.