If bad weather keeps your horse in his stall or he's on stall rest recovering from an injury, a hanging treat ball will keep him busy. A horse with nothing to do will chew his stall, pace or mash his hay underfoot. A treat ball containing carrots, grain and molasses is easy to make and a simple solution to avoid equine boredom.
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, mixing until grain is thoroughly coated.
Let the mixture stand for at least an hour, until the grain absorbs most of the liquid. Stir the mixture well.
Spoon the mixture into angel food molds, or roll into large balls. Pack firmly.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Watch to be sure the treats don't burn and adjust the baking time accordingly.
Allow the treats to cool. Store any leftovers in a tight container.
Thread bailing twine or string through the treat. Hang in your horse's stall loosely enough so the treat swings.
Items you will need
- 8 cups horse grain or sweet feed
- 3 cups ground carrots
- 1/2 cup corn oil
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups molasses
- Small angel food mold
- Purchase livestock-grade molasses from the feed store to save money.
- If you roll balls, poke a hole through the treat and thread bailing twine for hanging in the stall.
- FruitFromWashington.com: Receipes for Horse Treats
- My Horse Chat: Recipe to Make Hanging Horse Treats
- The Original Book of Horse Treats: Recipes You Can Make at Home for Your Horse; June V. Evers
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