Everyone seems to have holiday traditions. While we’re busy baking Christmas hams and pies and eating figgy pudding, our horses are left to eat the same old hay they get all year. Don’t think their super-sensitive nostrils aren’t picking up on all that yummy holiday food. And while they may not crave ham (horses are thankfully herbivores, after all), there’s no reason why we can’t share with them some of our sweet treats.
Here’s a very simple recipe for a horse treat that smells good, tastes good and is actually good for them. It’s very similar to our horse birthday cake recipe. Measurements are approximate; this isn’t science here. No baking involved. It’s pretty much just throwing together a bunch of stuff horses like. The amounts below made enough for four horses (about 1 cup each) and one burro-sized mule (about 1/2 cup).
Christmas Figgy Pudding Horse Cake
2 1/2 cups oats (we had 5 packets of plain instant oatmeal, so we used that)
1 large apple, chopped into small pieces
1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
1/4 cup molasses
6 dried figs, chopped
Mix all the ingredients until well blended. Press into ramekins or other small dishes and freeze until firm. Unmold and serve!
So while we might think buying reindeer antler hats for our horses constitutes a good Christmas present, I’ll bet you an apple they would prefer Christmas Figgy Pudding Horse Cake.
Merry Christmas from Our First Horse!