There are several ways your horses can enjoy this flavor of autumn and one of them is treating them with pumpkins. These orange beauties are a nice decoration around the house and barn and it seems a waste to throw them in the bin when the season ends. So horses get most of the share and pumpkins become their treat. Pumpkins are known to be rich in vitamin A and E, as well as in fiber and horses really love it. Pumpkins can also be used in the pasture as an edible toy and pumpkins’ seed do no harm to the horses if they eat them. we must emphasize that no part of the pumpkin is toxic to horses but be sure to remove the stem and any other potential choking hazards. It seems that horses like them. For those who want to really get festive and spoil their horses at the same time, pumpkin-based horse treats are the way to go. Here’s a recipe to try.
1 small pumpkin – already baked with flesh removed
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
18 oz oats
¼ cup molasses (other options include honey or applesauce)
½ cup brown sugar
Mix the pumpkin flesh with the other ingredients in a large bowl and spoon out in evenly sized balls on a cookie sheet. If the mixture is too runny, add more molasses for binding. Bake 12 to 15 minutes at 375°F.
Cooking the pumpkin softens the flesh and makes it easier for horses to eat.