DIY Recipes for Fall-Themed Horse Treats

One of the best parts about fall is all of the pumpkin spice-flavored beverages and goodies. Since you may not want to give your horse flavored coffee or donuts, BarnManager created a list of recipes for DIY fall-themed treats you can easily whip up for your favorite equine partner.

Oatmeal Horse Treats

From: LittleHouseLiving.com

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 large apple
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Shred the carrot and the apple into a large bowl.
  3. Add in the oil, oats, and molasses. Stir to combine well so that all the oats are covered in molasses.
  4. Pour the mixture into a greased 9-by-13 baking dish. Pat the mixture down with a spoon or with your fingers so it is flattened into the pan.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes or until the mixture begins to get crispy.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool and harden slightly.
  7. Cut into individual treats and remove from the pan.

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Crunchy Pumpkin Horse Treats

From: Lighthoof

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
  • 1 cup alfalfa pellets
  • 1/4 cup flax meal

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Soak the alfalfa pellets in just enough warm water until they are completely soft. Drain any excess water.
  3. Mix in the pumpkin and flax meal.
  4. Spoon into quarter-sized lumps about 1” apart on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes or until they are crunchy but not burned. The idea is to dehydrate them more than to bake them. If they are starting to burn just turn the heat down.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Horse Cookies

From: HorseGirl Blog

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups whole oats
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoons honey or molasses (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Thoroughly mix the pumpkin puree and water together.
  3. Add the flour, oats, and spices.
  4. If desired, mix in the honey or molasses.
  5. Put spoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until done.

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Let your horse enjoy the pumpkin spice season with you by testing out one of these DIY treat recipes.

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6 Little Ways to Save Money Around the Barn

Anyone who’s ever owned a horse knows the last word to associate with them is cheap. But the pure joy we get from having these animals in our lives is worth the financial burden they put on many of us. Though there’s no magic recipe to make horse care suddenly budget-friendly, there are certainly small ways you can cut costs that will start to add up over time.

1. Homemade remedies for common issues.

Equine companies earn their profits from the convenience you find in buying bottled fly spray, thrush buster, and other wellness remedies. Save yourself the extra money and use basic household items to make these yourself. A simple Google search will tell you how, and you can find storage containers at a discount store or by recycling empty spray bottles from your home.

2. Go the generic route.

Many products made specifically for horses feature a steep price tag, but generic products can often serve the same purposes. For example, instead of paying a premium for equine anti-fungal shampoo, Dawn dish soap can often do the trick to eliminate fungus on your horse’s skin. Don’t overpay for conditioner for your horse’s coat either; instead, buy inexpensive human conditioner, or even coconut oil, during your next trip to the store and it’ll perform equally as well, if not better. Similarly, instead of buying the fanciest tack cleaner, use baby wipes to keep your tack clean.

3. Buy items in bulk.

Do you use supplements that you swear by? If you know you’ll continue to use them for a while, stock up in bulk. Many equestrian products are cheaper when you buy in large quantities, so do some research to find products that provide a discount when bought in bulk. Also, be sure to pay attention to when your commodities go on sale, because there is no better time to stock up. The best way to monitor discounts like these are to sign up to receive emails  from your favorite brands.

4. Buy used goods.

Obviously, some items for equestrians must be purchased new. You don’t want to purchase a used helmet, but you should consider buying some clothing items second-hand. It may save you big bucks down the road. There are plenty of Facebook groups that offer consigned riding clothes. There are also consignment shops if you want to try on the items or see them in person before purchasing. It may require some digging around, but you’re bound to find some gems that make your time worthwhile and save you from paying full retail price.

5. Recycle household items to use at the barn.

If you look around any given barn, it’s probably full of items that were recycled from a prior use. How about all those towels that live in the tack room? They were definitely someone’s personal bath towels at one point. All the old scissors used to cut baling twine and horses’ manes were once household scissors that became too dull. Before purchasing something you need at the barn, try to think about whether you already own it at home and then repurpose it.

6. DIY!

There are tons of things you can make yourself to help save money around the barn. If you are good with woodworking, make jumps for your arena or a sign for out front. If you know how to crochet, make yourself a fly bonnet. Do you or someone you know sew? Then you never have to worry about paying for repairs, since seams suffer from wear and tear more than anything around the barn. If your farm could use some landscaping, go to a nursery and plant everything yourself, rather than hiring someone to do it. Though there may be some YouTube tutorials involved, there are so many things you can do yourself to save yourself money in the long haul.

 

Have questions about utilizing BarnManager or want to give it a try for yourself? Request a live demo here!

BarnManager is designed to be a part of your team, with the compatibility and credentials necessary to improve communication, simplify the management of horses, and get you out of the office, off the phone calls, and into the barn with the horses you care about! Click here to get a free demo and find out more!