Besides having race horses, I love to garden and have turned my back yard into a make-shift urban farm. Last season we had a great deal of vegetables, but one of my primary goals is to keep the horses in plenty of carrots.
I think that the horses actually prefer the home-grown carrots because they are sweeter and fresher.
I was surprised how easily carrots grow in Phoenix. Having grown up in the Mid-West, it is amazing to me that we can have two growing seasons here in Arizona. Of course watering can be a major concern, but the quality of my vegetables outshines the cost of water.
We are getting started on our next season of planting. My daughter has encouraged me to try new crops so it should be rather interesting.
Here is a picture of our carrot guardian; my daughter named him Embassador Carrot.
Another one of my hobbies is baking. I found a recipe for horse treats which I would like to share with you. I made a batch and the horses seemed to like them. They have molasses and carrots in them and I think those two ingredients added to their eating pleasure.
- Easy Homemade Horse Treats
- 1 cup uncooked oats
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup molasses
- Mix ingredients in bowl
- Make small balls and place on greased cookie sheet
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown
Hope your equine buddies enjoy the treats – Remember don’t overdo it. We try to keep our horses’ diets very consistent.