Easter cookies! 

We’re baking peanut butter, carrot and turmeric cookies for our herd this Easter! 

These are super easy to make! 

All I use is

  1. 1 table spoon of turmeric 
  2. 2 table spoons of oil 
  3. 2 table spoons of peanut butter 
  4. 2 cups of flour 
  5. 1 chopped up carrot
  6. Cracked black pepper 

I mix all these bits into a bowl and add water, once it turns into a dough I roll out and use a cookie cutter to make cookies and bake at 150 in the oven for 15 mins. 

Happy Easter everyone! 


Jess 

Home made fly spray 

I’m kinda funny with store bought fly sprays, they’re pricey and many of them have nasty chemicals in and as we run a pretty natural holistic yard I don’t like to mess with chemicals.

It’s taken me a while to get this recipe, it is all natural and it WORKS! 

 
The main ingredient in this is Neem oil, which has been used in medicines all over the world for thousands of years. It has anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti paracitic properties. It is amazing at treating skin issues and wounds making it a no brainier in my book. 

You will need

  1. Citronella oil 
  2. Neem oil
  3. Cold pressed tea 
  4. Aloe Vera 
  5. Eucalyptus oil 

Method

Now Neem is a fickle thing, I like to blend it into hot tea and then leave to cool. When it’s cold Neem oil is a solid, so warming it up will help your recipe greatly. It can look a little funky but warming it up will help. 

I added 10 drops of citronella and eucalyptus oil to my bottle, then a big dollop of aloe Vera, this has no insect repellent qualities but it’s brilliant for the skin. 

Then add stewed tea and a table spoon of Neem oil.  (The tea blends with the Neem better if it’s warm) 

Give it all a really good shake and make sure everything’s mixed in well. You should be good to go! 

Let me know if you make your own and how you get on! 🙂 

Jess 

Home made hoof clay 

I’ve been meaning to pick some hoof clay up for some time now, having horses living out 24/7 through winter (by choice obviously) can have its drawbacks when it comes to feet. They often come in with wet stinky feet and I end up just scrubbing them out and sending them back into the trenches, hoof clay is an invaluable product when it comes to abscesses, hoof cracks, white line and the sulcus of the frog and will keep holes plugged and feet clear of infection. 

So, making your own hoof clay! The main ingredient in this initial batch is green French clay, a natural, organic and mineral rich product which has numerous benefits for both people and horses. 

there’s lots of different types of natural clay, and I’m tempted to mix the next lot with another type but my research hasn’t determined which yet, so I’ll go on with this one. 

 I also added zinc oxide, which has been documented as being used for its skin healing properties since 500 AD. It’s a little more lab manufactured now that it would have been back then, but it still prevents infection, helps with wound healing and even has sun screen related properties!  

And finally tree tree ( need I go into the billion amazing things tea tree does?)


You will need a plastic or glass tub and the same applies with a spoon. Using metal will mess with the natural properties in the clay, and you definitely wouldn’t want that.  


After adding your tea tree you want to mix the lot while adding a little bit of water at a time untill you get the consistency that you’re happy with. (I use water that’s just boiled so it’s sterile) 

I use cotton wool to pack the clay into gaps, holes and cracks. My two suffer a little with thrush and are over due a trim, so I’m using the clay to pack down into their feet. 


It needs to be left to set for a little while, the less water you add the thicker it will be, but similarly if it’s wetter it will seep into more small cracks and fine lines. If you have a bucket handy, you can leave their clean packed clay in a bucket while it sets, or better yet hoof boots! 
If you try this yourselves send me the results! I’d love to see what variations people are making. 
Much love 
Jess xx 

The Great Horse Bake Off – Part 1!

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! 

‘Base’ ingredients. 

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

Ingredients:

  • 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.