Easy Homemade Carrot Horse Treats

August 29, 2013

Homemade Horse Treat Recipe | Sarah Hearts

Consider me a crazy pet owner, but I love to make special treats for my 4-legged friends. I usually like to whip up carrot cupcakes for Justin’s birthday or make some bacon treats for Darcy’s birthday. This week I made some “just because” treats for Justin. They were incredibly easy to make and they used pantry staples. They smelled so good that when Kevin walked in the kitchen, he thought I was making cookies for us!

Justin, and the other horses at the barn, gobbled these up! If you have a favorite horse or pony, you can bake these treats for them in about 30 minutes!

Homemade Horse Treat Recipe | Sarah Hearts

Homemade Horse Treat Recipe | Sarah Hearts

Carrot Horse Treat Recipe

Ingredients
-  2 cups grated carrots (about 4 large carrots)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup flour
- optional: 1/2 cup of your horses’s feed or a sweet feed

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix together the carrots, oil, and molasses until combined. I used my stand mixer to mix everything. Add the salt, oats, flour and optional feed and stir until it’s combined. It will be a sticky, dough-like consistency. Form into small 1″ size balls with your hands, or use a small metal scoop like I did. Place them on a parchment or sil-pat lined baking sheet and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden.

11 Comments

I decided to make these, but added bran and flax seed to them. Teaspoon size dollop, flatten, and baked for 20 minutes. They turned out awesome. Can’t wait to give on to my horse! (I added a bit more molasses and some water to add more moisture.)

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Chris

    Good idea! I will try adding some bran and flax the next time I make them. I hope your horse loves them as much as mine does!

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    Sarah Post author

can these be frozen? i’m asking as we are baking some for the barn’s xmas presents… if i could get a head start on them that would be great lol

my other question is how long do they stay fresh?

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lucie vallee

    I haven’t tried, but I’m sure they would hold up from fine in the freezer. Once baked, they keep for about 4-5 days in an air tight container in the refrigerator. I hope your horses love them as much as mine!

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    Sarah Post author

I love making my own horse treats, and these look great! Our horses don’t get fed any added sugar, but maybe I can replace the molasses with a bit of unsweetened applesauce and an egg. I can also replace the flour with oat flour that I grind in the blender from whole oats, and I can use non-GMO, organic soy oil instead of vegetable oil. I also like to add chia seed to their homemade treats, and sometimes pumpkin seeds, sunflower kernels, raisins, or freshly grated ginger, I found that whenever I peel carrots for us, I can freeze the peelings in a freezer bag, and chop them up for making treats later.
Thank you for this recipe, I think I’ll make these today!

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Robynne Catheron

i don’t have horses but i’m sure evrett the horse i ride will love them

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dayna

Hi Sarah,
This recipe is fantastic! I’m the graphic designer for a kids magazine called Trot4Kids. Would it be alright to showcase your recipe there? I would provide you with a credit and link to your blog.

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Andrea Bertucci

    Hi Andrea, yes, of course! I was a horse crazy kid and loved baking treats for my horse then as much as I do now!

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    Sarah Post author

I have an old gelding and my boys love to feed him treats after they ride him but he needs soft treats. I was wondering if these could not be cooked and just refrigerated?

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heather

    Heather, when these bake up they are very soft and are more like muffins than typical hard horse treats. You could definitely give them to your gelding unbaked, but it may be rather messy. My 22 year old gelding love them!

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    Sarah Post author

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