Want to try your hand at making your horse some tasty treats from scratch? Follow this recipe from Cummings Veterinary Medical Center Diagnostic Imaging Technician, Kay Hunt:
Beet pulp pellets – 2 Cups
High fat stabilized rice bran – 2 Cups
Ground flax seed – ½ Cup
Cocosoya – ½ Cup
Brown rice syrup – 1 Cup (Can use Karo Syrup if not lowering net carbs)
Whole wheat flour – ½ Cup
Oats – 1 Cup (Optional if you want to avoid grains)
Kosher salt – 1.5 Tbsp
Vitamin E powder – 2 Tblsp (Optional as a supplement and preservative)
Peppermint oil – 2 Tsp (Optional for flavor)
Coconut oil non-stick cooking spray (can use other cooking sprays)
2-3 Mini muffin tins
(Beet pulp, rice bran, Cocosoya, and vitamin E powder can be found at many grain stores)
Place 2 cups beet pulp in a heat safe bowl and add 4 cups boiling water and soak overnight.
1. Preheat oven to 200 F.
2. Soak the oats in boiling water.
3. Take 2 cups of the previously soaked beet pulp pellets (any extra can be frozen in a re-sealable freezer bag) and place in a large mixing bowl.
4. Add the rice bran, flax, Cocosoya, rice syrup, flour, oats, Kosher salt, vitamin E powder, and peppermint oil to the bowl.
5. Mix on low to medium until well blended.
6. Strain the oats and press out extra water, add to the bowl and mix again until well blended.
7. Spray mini muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.
8. Scoop dough out of bowl and into the wells of the tin, press the dough firmly until if fills ¾ of the well.
9. Once the tins are full, bake at 200 degrees F for 1 ½ to 2 hours, less for softer cookies more for crunchy cookies.
Cooking time may vary based on the moisture of the beet pulp and oats. Monitor the progress, after about an hour the cookies in the outside of the tin will cook faster so you may want to remove them when they appear crisp to prevent burning. The lower and slower you cook the cookies the longer the shelf life.
If your horse has dietary restrictions or health issues, be sure to check with your veterinarian before feeding him treats or cookies of any kind.
*This recipe is property of Kick On-Equine and may not be used for commercial sales