Because let’s face it — horses don’t care if their holiday treats look Betty Crocker perfect.
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I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. But starting to think about holiday horse treats now could save you some scrambling later…and could spark some ideas for gifting to barn friends. Here are three that don’t even require you to fire up the oven.
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A traditional and tasty treat, most bran mashes are made with a combination of the following ingredients. You can mix and match depending on any dietary restrictions your horse may have, or include other treats your horse loves. Bran mashes shouldn’t make up a big portion of your horse’s diet, but your horse will love the occasional warm treat in cold weather.
- Your horse’s normal grain
- Crushed peppermint candies
- Apple slices
- Carrot slices
To prepare, mix it all up in a bucket with hot water. Yum!
You can even gift bran mash by putting your signature mixture of dry ingredients in a jar with a ribbon.
It looks like an apple…smells like an apple…but is way, way better.
Chop the top off an apple, hollow it out, and fill with the apple bits, applesauce, carrots and a little bit of grain. Not easily gift-able since it won’t keep long, but definitely worth a try to watch your horse’s mind be blown.
This Pinterest concoction uses Cheetos as fake carrots, but your horse will probably like it much more if you use real baby carrots. Just fill up some icing bags, tie with green ribbon, and share with barn friends for a super cute gift!