Happy Holidays! Many people enjoy baking at this time of year. If you have a horse, you can also make Silver something extra special. A Wichita, KS vet lists some holiday treats for horses below.
For these, you’ll start by removing the core from an apple and hollowing it out. Mix the fruit you scooped out with molasses, brown sugar, feed, bran, and carrots. Then, use this mixture to refill the apple. (Tip: this is also a good way to slip Silver some medication!)
Bran mash is the classic holiday treat for horses. Start by adding hot water to bran. You want to get an oatmeal-like consistency. You can then add things like apple pieces, carrots, crushed peppermints, or even bananas. Pour in some molasses and serve warm.
Combine oats with molasses, vegetable or olive oil, brown sugar, shredded carrots, apples, and crushed- up peppermint. You’ll want to mix the hard ingredients and liquid ones separately, and then blend them together. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes.
For this snack, you’ll start by cutting bread into small cubes. While any bread will work, a whole-grain or oat bread with honey may get extra whickers. Combine honey, molasses, and brown sugar in another bowl, and spread it over the bread. You can top with shredded carrots. Cook for several hours on low heat. You’ll occasionally need to turn the croutons over and put some of the mixture on the other side.
Mix whole oats, molasses, shredded carrots, honey, and brown sugar into a dough. You can add water to thin it out if you need to. Cook at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until you get the desired hardness.
These are a few of our equine clients’ favorites. It’s worth noting that many cows and goats may enjoy them as well. You can also mix and match. Or, make horse-friendly versions of other treats by substituting ingredients for ones that are better for Silver. For example, swap white sugar for brown, and use raisins instead of chocolate chips. Just keep in mind that all animals do have specific dietary needs. Ask your vet for feeding tips for your hooved pal.
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Hodes Veterinary Health Center, your Wichita, KS animal clinic. Please feel free to contact us anytime!