Beat the heat with these cool treats for horses

Beat the heat with these cool treats for horses

Beat the summer heat by treating your horse to homemade popsicle treats!

These are simple to make and you can use any container to freeze and mold the treats, like milk cartons or plastic gallon water bottles for the large ones, or dixie cups for smaller ones. Even large ice cube trays will work, like these handy silicone trays from Bed Bath & Beyond®. Once frozen, just place in a bucket or feed tub. Large ones can even go on the ground, they will find the ‘goodies’ after it melts.

No room in the freezer? Just put the goodies in a feed bucket. Horses love big slices of watermelon and will eat them joyfully, rind and all!

Here are just a few recipes that we found.  There is also a list of horse friendly options.

APPLESAUCE POPSICLE

Ingredients:

  • 1 applesauce cup
  • Carrot or apple chunks
  • Molasses

Directions:

  1. Open up the applesauce cup and remove foil lid (save it).
  2. Mix in any fillings or toppings desired.
  3. Tape the foil lid back onto the cup and place in freezer.
  4. Remove lid, pop cube from container and serve.

APPLES AND OAT POPSICLE

Ingredients:

  • 2 Apples
  • 1 cup Rolled Oats
  • 2 Carrots
  • Peppermints
  • Popsicle molds
  • Blender

Directions:

  1. Cut apples into slices
  2. Put apples in blender and add water to make it easier to blend.
  3. Blend apples and pour into a bowl.
  4. Mix in oats.
  5. Pour mix into popsicle mold.
  6. Push 2 peppermints into each mold.
  7. Cut carrots into sticks
  8. Place a carrot stick into the center of each popsicle mold to use as a popsicle stick.
  9. Freeze and enjoy!

FROZEN HORSE LICK

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Molasses
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Carrot
  • Any other fruits or veggies that your horse loves.
  • Empty ice cream container (or something of similar size)

Directions:

  1. Fill the container 3/4 to the top with water.
  2. Mix in a spoonful or more of molasses.
  3. Cut fruit and veggies up and add to container.
  4. Place in freezer overnight.
  5. Loosen up container by running some warm water over it and remove the frozen lick.
  6. Put in your horse’s feed tub or in a pan on the ground.

Here is a list of some horse friendly treat options. Remember, these are treats and not intended to replace their normal balanced diet—

  • Apples, apricots
  • Bananas, beets, blackberries, blueberries
  • Carrots, celery, cherries, coconut, corn
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Lettuce
  • Mango
  • Orange
  • Peach, pear, pineapple, plums, pumpkins
  • Raisins
  • Watermelon