Mama LoPrinzi's Horse Treats

Marion LoPrinzi

mbldesigns@yahoo.com
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Welcome!!!!! Your horses are going to love these horse treats. Mine couldn't wait for them to come out of the oven.

Free Recipes so You Can Make Your Own Horse Treats

I can no longer make doggie, horse, sheep, goat treats for the public. My mixer broke and it's too time consuming and expensive to make them with my cuisinart in large orders. Plus I've had to take on a part time job away from the farm on top of my sewing orders and just don't have the time. So I am now offering you the recipes so you can make your very own treats for your animals.

Mama's base recipe

1 lb oat flour, whole wheat flour, or heavily ground oats

1 tsp garlic powder

1 egg (farm-fresh is the best, I usually used Muscovy duck eggs as I have plenty)

1/3 cup oil (soybean, canola, olive, your choice)

water

The amount of water varies greatly depending on your additions, your weather/humidity, and type of flour. I started by using whole wheat flour as it was the least expensive, but found that 3 of my dogs were allergic to wheat, so that's when I went over to oat flour, which you can usually only find at health food stores. You can find small bags of it at some grocery stores, Bob's Red Mill, I think, but you're going to be paying too much. At health food stores, you'll find it in the bulk bins for about $1.69 a pound. If you can't get there before making your next batch, I have been somewhat successful with putting 1 lb of oats in a cuisinart and cutting them for 10-20 minutes. The quick oats are better than the old fashioned oats, your cuisinart will get hot, so don't do too many batches at once and don't do more than 1 lb at a time. You'll need more water if you go this route too because the oats will soak it up and get too dry by the time you roll it out. To judge the amount of water you want to use, at the beginning you might think it's too much water as it's quite soupy, but keep mixing and it will thicken up. You want it not sticky, but not dry. If it's too dry, you're going to have to be Sheena to roll it out and it wont' stay together. If it's too wet, it'll stick to everything

Here are my additions along with the amount of water I have found to work with oat flour

Carrot:

2 carrots per lb flour (scrubbed, ends cut off, and grated)

3/4 cup water per lb flour

Cheese:

4 ounces mild cheddar cheese per lb flour (grated)

7/8 cup water per lb flour

Apple or Pear:

1-2 apples or pears per lb flour (cleaned, cored, chopped, pureed in blender with enough water to puree all pieces, you should end up with about 1 cup per lb flour)

Peanut Butter:

Replace oil with peanut butter, I like to use Smuckers All Natural which only has peanuts and salt as ingredients

1 cup water per lb flour

Bacon:

Replace oil with bacon drippings

Can also add 1/4 cup per lb pureed or finely chopped cooked to a crisp bacon or bacon ends (cheaper)

7/8 cup water per lb flour

Bacon and Cheddar Cheese

Combine above bacon and cheddar cheese additions

7/8 cup - 1 1/4 cup water per lb flour

Special Instructions

I have used canned pumpkin, but don't remember how much or how much water I used. I've used tomato juice instead of water. Lately, I've been cheap and only doing garlic and parsley and I think that uses about 6 ounces water. I've also used bacon grease instead of oil. For oil you can use whatever kind you like, vegetable, canola, olive, coconut, whatever you like.

I was using a heavy duty KitchenAid mixer and can only do 2 lbs oat flour at a time. Mix egg, oil, garlic and added flavor first (carrot, cheese, apple, etc). Then add the flour with the mixer on low. Then add the water. Keep mixing until the dough is not too dry nor too wet. Depending on your mixer you may have to take the dough out and finish on a clean flat surface like your kitchen counter or table.

Roll dough out with rolling pin to desired thickness. For large dogs I typically roll out to 1/2 or 3/4 inch thickness and then cut into 3/4inch squares or 3/4 in x 2 in logs. For smaller dogs you can roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into smaller squares. For horses, I typically roll out to 1/2 or 3/4 inch thickness also and then cut into 1 or 2 inch squares, just depends on what your horses like. You can use cookie cutters and reroll if you'd like or use whatever you have around the house. Bake in a preheated oven at 325 deg, until somewhat golden brown, then allow to continue drying overnight if necessary. For the thinner treats, it could only take about an hour. For the thicker treats, it could take 2 hours baking and overnight. I usually bake 4 trays at once, 2 on the middle rack and 2 on the next rack up. After an hour, I rotate the trays, bottom up and upper down, bake another hour. Then I may have to flip the treats over so the tops get baked and maybe for another 1/2 hour. Then they might be done enough or may need to stay in the over overnight. Break one in half to see. You don't want any moisture, or they will mold. Carrot treats burn easily, so watch those. If you have to go out while they are baking, turn the oven off and leave the treats in the oven. When you return, take the treats out, turn the oven back on, then when the oven reaches temperature, put the treats back in.

I now have to use my cuisinart and can only do 1 lb at a time, for 9 dogs and 36 sheep, it takes forever to make enough treats, another reason I'm not making them for the public anymore. Oh the sheep love molasses treats, I use 1/4 cup molasses and no garlic, per lb, the great pyrenees love them too, but they burn really really fast and probably aren't that good for the dogs. Horses would love them too. You can also use dried molasses from the feed store if you want, I'd still use about 1/4cup dried molasses per lb.

Any questions, please write anytime mbldesigns@yahoo.com or call me in the middle of baking 501-939-2382.

all sizes shown
mini size 3/8" for the tea-cup sized doggies
small size 1/2" for the toy doggies
regular size 3/4" for most doggies
long size 3/4" x 2" for bigger doggies like labs
Xlarge size 1 1/2" for really large doggies

Contact Marion LoPrinzi at mbldesigns@yahoo.com with any questions.

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