Horse Recipes

Duncan is a rescue and a resident of aarrff.orgDuncan is a AARRFF.ORG Rescue Horse
New for today 06/17/2008
 Mani asked  about making up feed and there have been some questions about making sweet feed.
This is from  my post in the comments section but  with a little more detail.

When I owned my horses I would make up my own sweetfeed using

UTENSILS:     10 Gallon Bucket and a Pair of rubber  gloves.


 1/2 gallon bucket of Wheat Middlings,
1/2 Gallon Bucket of Ground Corn,
1/2 Gallon bucket of Bran,
1/2 Gallon bucket of Chopped Alfalfa or orchard hay
1/2 gallon bucket of Horse Pellets.
1/2 Gallon bucket of Rolled Oats
Add enough Molasses to coat the mixture. Do not  add to much, the mix  should be sticky, but not clumping together, if  you add to much put in  some extra hay and bran.

  If you not over keen on the oats  reduce them to 1/4 bucket and increase the pellets to 3/4 of a bucket.
You can also throw in some suppliment if you wish.

Mixed everything together until you have a fairly ballanced mix, then gradually add enough molasses to coat the grains

Been working  on these   for  a  while,  I have  a lot  more still to  go  but   the reports  coming  back  is   that  the  horses  LOVE  these treats…
New Feb 5th 2008

91.  Gooey Mess Treats  1/2 cup rice
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups complete horse meal or any grain mix
1/4 cup seaweed meal
1/8 – 1/4 cup salt
1/2 cup Lucerne Chaff
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
  Combine all dry ingredients, mixing well. Add vegetable oil and milk and mix until all are combined.Add the egg and mix again. If the mixture isn’t moist enough, add a little more milk. Cover the container with Cling film and leave overnight. Feed as a treat.  

 92.  Afternoon Delight 1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup pancake syrup
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped apples
1/2 cup of dry oatmeal
  Mix flour, vegetable oil, and pancake syrup together. Once batter is made add the carrots, apples, and oats.   

 93.  Equine Pie3 sliced apples
2 teaspoons honey
8 peppermints, crushed
2 handfuls oatmeal, plain
3 teaspoons peanut butter
1/2 cup applesauce
  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix honey, 1 handful oats, peanut butter, and applesauce in a bowl. Stir and put in microwave for 45 seconds. Spread apple slices in a baking dish. Add mixture on top of apples. Sprinkle peppermint and one handful of oats on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until peppermint melts.  Let cool until warm and sprinkle a little sugar on the top.

 Feed a little at a time to make sure it doesn’t upset your horse’s stomach.


Horse Cookies 

1 3/4 c. mixed grain (such as a corn, oats, and barley blend)
 2 grated carrots
3/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
2/3 c. dark brown sugar, packed
3 T. dark corn syrup
egg white from 1 large egg (well beaten)
1 1/2 c. flour Preheat oven to 375° F. Combine the grain and flour in a bowl and mix thoroughly. In a second, larger bowl, combine applesauce, brown sugar and corn syrup. Stir in egg white and then the dry mixture. Combine well. Drop by spoonfuls onto un-greased cookie sheets, leaving 2 inches of space between each. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until dark brown. Remove to a wire rack and cool. Yield about 25 cookies. 

Cob Feed Cookies 

 8 cups dry cob feed (corn, oats, barley mix)
3 cups ground carrots
1 ground apple
1/2 cup corn oil
2 cups flour
2 cups molasses
 Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until well mixed. Let stand for at least an hour. Stir the mixture well. Drop by rounded teaspoonful on to a well-oiled cookie sheet. Using your fingers press down the cookie into a round slightly flattened shape. Bake at 350° F for 12 to 18 minutes, depending on your oven. These will burn easily so be sure not to leave them in too long. Bake in a convection oven for 12 minutes or about 15 minutes in a conventional oven. Put the cookies on racks to cool then store them in a tight container. This recipe makes between 6-9 dozen cookies.  

 Oat Mash 
1 ration of rolled, crushed or crimped oats
3 few cut up carrots
2 few cut up apples
1 cup. molasses
1 or 2 Teaspoons salt   Mix all ingredients in a feed bucket. Combine with suitable quantity of boiling water (completely soaked up by oats). Cover and let steam until cool enough to feed to your horse. (30-45 minutes preparation time).   

   Bran Mash Especially good for pregnant mares during the late months of their term or horses that need to recoup after illness

8 – 12 cups wheat bran
1 cup rolled, crushed or crimped oats
1/4 cup corn oil
1/4 cup molasses
1-1/2 to 2-1/2cups boiling water
1 carrot, sliced
1 apple, sliced
 Combine bran and oats in feed bucket. Add boiling water to desired consistency. Stir in oil, molasses, carrot and apple. Cover and allow to sit. Serve when cool enough to feed.  


  Sweet Feed Cookies

1 cup sweet feed (molasses mixed with corn, oats, barley) etc.
2 – 3 cups wheat bran
1 cup flax seed
1 Tablespoon salt
4 large apples, shredded
1 shredded Carrot
1 cup. Molasses
1/2-cup brown sugar
1-cup applesauce
  Mix molasses, brown sugar, apples and applesauce in bowl.Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl.Gradually combine wet and dry ingredients together, only using enough of the wet ingredients to make thick dough. Add more bran if necessary.Line cookie sheet with foil and spray with oil. Drop batter onto cookie sheet in tablespoon amounts. Flatten. Bake slowly at 300° F. for 1 hour, turn cookies over and continue to bake for another 45 minutes until thoroughly dried. Reduce heat if cookies begin to brown excessively or to burn.Store in covered container or zip-locked plastic bag.  

   Molasses Apples   2 Apples
1 Cup Bran
1 Carrot, Shredded
3/4 Cups Molasses
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Sweet Feed
2 Sprigs of Parsley or Green Carrot Top
Confectionery Sugar
Core two apples and dig out as much of the center as you canto create a crater.Mix shredded carrot with bran, molasses, brown sugar and sweet feed in a large bowl. Add more molasses or bran to give mixture a stiff consistency. Scoop mixture out of the bowl and press into cored applies. Press fairly tightly.
To garnish: Drip a small amount of molasses over the top so it runs down sides of the apple. Add a sprig of parsley or carrot greens, sprinkle with confectionery sugar and serve immediately! Serve in a feed bucket, as this is a sticky treat. Serves two horses.


 87.  Peppermint Cookies 2 cups of flour
1 cup of oats
1/4 cup of molasses
10 crushed peppermints
2 apples shredded and drained
1 Carrot shredded and drainedMix flour and oats together. Add molasses if the mixture is not doughy. Add water slowly until it is doughy. Add peppermints, carrot apples. Cook until golden brown at 350 degrees.


19 thoughts on “Horse Recipes

  1. HELP- my horse has a brain trauma and cannot drink- can you think of WET food recipes so he gets fluids? He can eat, but cannot suck…Help PLEASE

  2. I was wanting to know if their is a basic recipe for a 10% sweet feed I could make myself? The price of feed is getting to be crazy & thought this might be an alternative to save some money by making my own. “What do u think?”

  3. When I owned my horses I would make up my own sweetfeed using Wheat Middlings,Ground Corn,Rice Bran, Molasses, Chopped Alfalfa, and Horse Pellets.

    Mix 1/2 bucket of each of the grains, bucket of chopped alfalfa, and 1/2 bucket of Horse pellets.
    If you not over keen on the oat middlings reduce them to 1/4 bucket and increase the pellets to 3/4 of a bucket.
    You can also throw in some suppliment if you wish.

  4. hey flip, how exactly do you prepare a horse’ sweetfeed coz i recently bought myself a horse and am at a loss of what to prepare it,and while you are at that pliz tell me where to get the utensils to use,do they actually need kitchenware to make their meal?
    mani kanna

  5. Hey ,can anyone tell me where to buy the grains to make my horse’s feed, and what to buy? I have 8 horses that need good homes– please help !! thank you Ronnie

  6. Dear Karen,
    I had a 35 year old mare and she would not drink Any water. I would try to mix water with her food but she wouldnt eat it.Then i tried Watermelon! She loved it and would get a lot of water and nutrients.She also loved the sugar that was in it. I hope this will help!

  7. hiya i have a 16.2 hackney, he has recently had colic because of dry hay and a compaction from eatin his straw… the vets told me to soak hay and add plently of water to my feeds… so everything needs to be wet wet wet…. if i was in your situation and my horse couldnt drink i would put plently of water in feeds let them soak over night if need be.. Also mayby use hayledge as they get less thirsty so dont drink as much xx

  8. Hi I need advise on how to mix my own horse feed. I Live in a small town in South Africa, so we really battle to get good horse feed here. I have 9 horses, doing Light work… Stuff I can get to make the feed is as follow;

    Bran (wheat bran ), Hormony Chop ( Corn Bran ) , Molasses Meal, Sunflower oil Cake ( it’s a milled form of sunflower simmilar to Soya meal ) Crushed Corn or in meal form, Milled Alfalfa, Milled Peanut hay, Alfalfa pellets, 10% complete horse concerntrate pellets – not always availible!

    I give herbs and mineral licks to all my horses.

    Regards Charlie

  9. HI Charlie,
    here is some basic info, I will do some research over the next couple of days and come up with a suitable mix.
    Carbohydrates. These provide energy to stay alive and do extra work, like being ridden.

    Protein. This builds up cells and bones and helps with healing, growth, and repair after illness or injury.

    Fiber. This keeps digestion working properly.

    Fats. These help keep a horse warm and provide extra energy.

    Vitamins and Minerals. These keep the body healthy and strong

    types of fiber
    Grass is the best and most natural food for your horse. If your grass is of good quality, it will provide a complete, balanced diet during spring and summer. Autumn and winter may reap a poor selection of grass, so hay must be fed.

    Hay is essentially grass cut and dried in early summer and stored for horse feed during winter or when they are mostly stabled. You should only feed hay that is crisp, sweet smelling, and containing a good mixture of nutritious grasses. Never feed hay that is dusty, moldy, yellow, or full of weeds. The two types of hay are seed hay, which has been grown specially, and meadow hay, which is softer, finer, and cut off the ordinary pasture.

    Chaff is usually straw or a mix of hay and straw that has been chopped up and often covered with molasses. Alfalfa chaff is a very nutritious clover-like plant high in calcium. Feeding chaff is an excellent way of adding fiber to your horse’s diet.

    Haylage is hay that has been treated and sealed into bags when half-dry. It is dust-free and therefore a good choice for horses sensitive to the dust and spores in ordinary hay. It is very rich, so be sure to feed sparingly

    Hard feeds

    Pellets / cubes are a balanced mixture of traditional foodstuffs, crushed or pressed into pellets. This is probably the best (and most economical) hard feed for most riding horses. With water and hay or grass, they provide all the nutrition your pony needs. Remember, don’t add anything to a diet of pellets except chaff, apples, or carrots, or you will ruin the formula. There are many different kinds of pellets, so be sure to buy the correct kind. There are pellets for ponies doing little work and pellets for competition horses, brood mares, and foals.

    Coarse mix is a ready-to-go mix like pellets, but bought in muesli form. This is great for horses for the same reasons as pellets (see above).

    Oats are bought crushed, rolled, or bruised so they are easily digested. These are good for horses doing a lot of work. Watch out! These are guaranteed to wake up the laziest pony. Oats must be fed with a calcium-rich food to maintain the right balance of calcium and phosphorous.

    Barley is bought flaked, micronized, or extruded (forms of cooking). Whole barley can be boiled into a mash. This type of feed provides energy for regularly working horses, and is also good for warmth and putting on weight. Note that barley should not make up more than one third of your horse’s total feeding.

    Flaked corn is used for hard-working ponies, in small amounts. Feed sparingly, as this is high in energy as well as phosphorous.

    Broad bran is traditionally given as a mash for resting, sick, or old horses. When prepared in this way, it also works as a laxative. This can cause a calcium deficiency. Adding chaff to the feed is a better source of fiber.

    Dried sugar beets come as shreds or pellets, with added molasses and they are good for adding fiber to hard feeds. Horses like their taste, and they are high in energy and calcium. Note that these must be soaked in water for at least twelve hours before feeding. Do not keep soaked beets for more than 48 hours because the mixture will ferment. Don’t confuse beet pellets with similar looking ordinary horse pellets.

  10. Charlie
    did a bit of research and asked around.

    As per a freind who is pretty much an expert reference regarding horses.

    Horses NEED hay.

    Horses need longstemmed forage. They can’t live on pelleted or grain rations alone, or they will develop ulcers. They need feed in their belly at least 12 hours of every day.

    If the milled alfalfa and peanut hay had longstems- at least 2-3 inches long, it would be a good base for the diet. I’d give each horse 1 pound of hay for every 100 lbs of weight, twice daily. So a 1000 pound horse should eat 10 pounds morning and night.

    If they were my horses I would mix one part bran, 2 parts crushed corn and 2 parts alfalfa pellets and enough molasses to make it stick together.Keep offering free choice salt and water.

  11. Hi i have a Filly her name is Kid and she has HYPP and there is some stuff she can’t have and do you have any horse treat recipes for her and i have a horse named Jet do you have any recipes for him cause he love apple, carrot, & mint treats Love Ashley & the horses

  12. i have a good recipe horses like get an apple cover it with honey or molasses get a bowl fill it with dry oatmeal an cover the apple with oatmeal Enjoy!! love Ashley, Jet, & Kid

  13. my vet has advised me to feed whole barley boiled but couldnt remember how much water to add could you msg me back if you no how many parts water to barley when boiling

  14. Hi,,, i just got my self a couple of young mules,,,5 and 6 year old gelding’s,,,,
    was told not to use my sweet deer feed that i feed to my horse,,,
    The protein would be to high what would you recomend and what type of homade treats for them
    so i can use it for trainning,,,
    my sweet feed is a mix of corn, oats, molasse, and diateredeart for natural worm treatment,,,

    thank for your time
    Luch from ontario canada,,,,

  15. We are looking at adopting (a rescue horse) a pregnant Arabian mare and it was so awesome to find your site… she is extrememly under weight and has been wormed very throughly (as you can tell this is our first horse). I was lost on what to do to take care of her weight problem but, thanks to your site hopefully we will get her better and have a health mare and foal here in a few months…. Thank You so so so much!!! Also if you have any tips for a beginner please feel free to share any information you may have that will help make these horses forever home the best ever… again Thank You so so so much!!!

    1. Good quaility hay made available at all times,regular feedings are the way to go. Hay helps the adjustment to regular food. Don’t let her over graze or she could colic if she has suffered neglect. She will start to pick up quickly. Best of luck.

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