Why not treat your horse to some Christmas goodies this year?  Whilst we’re all munching away at our Christmas feasts, you’re horse can be greedy too because we have come up with a list of creative christmas recipes for you to try out in the kitchen.

 

1.Peppermint Candy Ornament

 

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Here’s what you need:

  • A bag of peppermints – unwrapped

  • Cooking spray

  • Parchment paper

  • Cookie sheet

  • Paper towel

  • Ribbon

 

Here’s what you do:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

  • Tear some parchment paper off and cover your cookie sheet.

  • Spray your cooking spray over the parchment paper.

  • Arrange 6 of your peppermints in a circle with sides touching.

 

Put the peppermint flowers in the oven for 6 – 9 minutes, depending on the thickness of your cookie sheet and oven variance. You can also use Life Savers for these, but shorten your baking time by a minute or two.

Check them at 6 minutes, and then every 30 seconds to one minute until you see the candies start to look soft. They will spread a bit more after you take them out.

As soon as they start to look soft, remove from the oven and let them cool on your cookie sheet.



After the peppermints have hardened, place them on a paper towel to absorb the cookie spray.

Optional: If you want to preserve your ornament, spray with clear gloss to keep the moisture out. But note that you and your pets cannot eat them afterwards.

Make a cute bow to hang them on the tree or dress up other areas of your home.



2. Rolled Carrot Nibbles

 

  • 3 carrots with green tops

  • 1/3 cup cracked corn or feed

  • 1/4 cup molasses

  • Brown sugar

 

Cut carrots into 3-inch pieces. Cut carrot greens off but don’t throw them away. Set all aside.

Pour molasses onto a plate with a lip. Mix in enough brown sugar, about 1 to 3 tablespoons, to thicken the molasses. Onto another plate, spread feed or cracked corn.

Roll carrots in the molasses mixture until they are completely covered. Then, roll carrots in the feed or cracked corn. Place rolled carrots in feed bucket. Wrap the carrot greens around carrots. If you have extra sauce, dribble over the top of the treat.

 

3. Stuffed Molasses Apples

 

  • 2 apples

  • 1 cup bran

  • 1 carrot, shredded

  • 3/4 cup molasses

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup sweet feed

  • 2 sprigs of parsley or green carrot top

  • 2 seedless green grapes

  • Confectioners sugar

 

Core two apples and dig out as much of the center as you can, as you would a pumpkin at Halloween. Set this aside.

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 apples. Press fairly tightly.

To garnish, drip a small amount of molasses over the top so it runs down the sides of the apple. Add a sprig of parsley or carrot greens, top with a green seedless grape, sprinkle with confectioners sugar and serve immediately! Serve in a feed bucket, as this is a gooey treat. Serves two horses.



 

4. Christmas Salad

 

  • 6 apples

  • 8 carrots cut in 3-inch pieces

  • 2 cups Quaker Oats

  • 1-cup sweet feed

  • Molasses

 

Combine all ingredients together and fold in enough molasses to make the oatmeal and grain stick to the fruit. Chill overnight and serve on Christmas morning.

 

5. Foxi’s Cheap & Easy Horse Croutons

 

  • Leftover bread

  • ¼ cup honey or molasses

  • ¼ cup of water

  • Granulated sugar

 

Preheat oven to 450 F. Lightly grease cookie sheet or aluminum foil.

Cut leftover bread (any kind) into cubes, about 1 inch by 1 inch, and put in large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix honey or molasses with water. Sprinkle the diluted honey/molasses mixture on cubes and toss together until well moistened, but not soggy. Spread cubes on cookie sheet and sprinkle with sugar.

Place in oven and turn down to 200 F. Leave in the oven for several hours until toasted, stirring occasionally. Turn off oven and leave cubes in the oven overnight. Ready to feed the next day.

 

6. Simple horse pancake

 

Take one plain rice cake, smother one side in either honey or molassess and sprinkle with whatever your horse loves the most;

  • mints

  • chopped carrot, apple, banana

  • oats

 

7. Carrot & Apple Pâté with Faux Caviar

 

Ingredients:

2 carrots, diced

1 medium apple, sliced

1/3 cup honey (or molasses)

1/3 cup bran

1/4 cup water

Hay cubes

Handful of horse feed pellets

Handful of raisins

 

Preparation:

Place apples, honey (or molasses), bran and water into a blender. Add carrots slowly and blend until pureed. Mixture should be pasty; add more bran if necessary. Spread liberally onto each hay cube and top with one raisin and a sprinkle of pellets (the "faux caviar”).

 

If you're feeling lazy...

 

If you don’t have the time or just can’t be bothered with the effort, why don’t you purchase some goodies for your horse under the ‘treats’ section on our website.

 

https://www.equinesuperstore.co.uk/christmas-gifts/gifts-for-horses/likit-snaks.html