Many of use create homemade treats for our dogs and cats. But have you made healthy treats for your horse?

If you’re not ready to heat up the oven yet, here is a great recipe for an easy, no-bake horse treat below!

Why Homemade Horse Treats?

Many animal lovers have turned to making their own homemade treats for the pets in their lives. Home-baked treats offer our pets extra nutrition and healthy, natural supplements over the mass-produced treats sold in stores. Making your own treats can also help you save money over the store-bought ones.

Horse treats are a simple way to add nutritional benefits without changing their regular feeding program! So, let’s dive in with our first recipe!

A Healthy, No-Bake Horse Treat

From the pages of the Savvy Horse Woman website, we begin with this easy, no-bake treat recipe for horses. Coconut oil, chia seeds, apple cider vinegar and Himalayan salt make up the majority of the healthy ingredients in this horse treat! Keep reading to learn the benefits of each.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil
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In contrast to traditionally used vegetable oils, coconut oil is easier to:

  • Digest.
  • Absorb; and
  • Convert to energy.

In addition, it’s reported to assist with ulcers, acidosis, colic and dysbiosis. It’s also helpful for equines on a grain-based feed.

Coconut Oil: Top 10 Uses for Horses

Chia Seeds
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Chia Seeds

Proper Omega-3s and Omega-6s will leave your horse with a shiny coat and improved hoof growth! More beneficial than flax and fish oils, chia seeds contain higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids which offer:

  • Natural anti-inflammatory properties.
  • An alternative for maintenance or recovery.
  • A USEF-sanctioned supplement for performance horses.

Chia Seeds: Top 10 Benefits for Horses

Bottle Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Also known as ACV, apple cider vinegar helps acidify your equine’s stomach for better digestion and mineral absorption. It even prevents intestinal stones from forming and growing (helpful with hard water or horses that ingest a lot of alfalfa hay).

In addition, ACV helps protect your horse against:

  • Bacteria and parasites.
  • Waterborne diseases.
  • The fast absorption of sugar into the bloodstream for horses sensitive to sugar.
  • Degenerative joint health, arthritis pain and stiffness (just like in humans).

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): Top 10 Uses for Horses

Pink Himalayan Salt
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Himalayan Salt

Mined from the Himalayas in Pakistan, Himalayan salt is regarded as one of the purest salts with its natural minerals and trace elements intact. (This is unlike traditional table salt that is highly processed and contains mostly sodium chloride.) An added benefit, most horses love and prefer it! It can be fed in block form or added to your horse’s feed.

Now you’ve understood all the healthy benefits of this no-bake treat, let’s get busy!

No-Bake Horse Treat Recipe

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch of loos Himalayan salt
  • Approximately 2 tbsp water (as needed for the right consistency)

Now the easy part! Mix all ingredients and roll into balls, 1 to 2 inches in diameter and store in the refrigerator to maintain the shape. Then share with your horse!

Horse smiling with tongue out
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