It’s National Ice Cream Day! And while our four legged friends might not be able to chow down on Ben & Jerry’s or Baskin Robbins’ latest, they can enjoy some frozen treats! Here are a few short ideas for frozen treats for our equine & canine family members. Stay cool out there!
For this recipe, you can use whatever horse-friendly fruits and veggies you have on hand. Examples include: apples, celery, carrots, bananas, watermelon, grapes, lettuce, or squash.
Directions: Thoroughly wash all your fruits and veggies. Dice them up into small pieces (the smaller the better) or alternatively, you can put them in the blender. Using plastic cups or popsicle molds, add your fruits and veggies, then fill with diluted apple juice, unsweetened applesauce, or water. Freeze overnight and feed the next day (sans cup)! You can also use smaller silicone molds for hand held treats.
Frozen Lick Treat
For a little larger treat, use a bundt cake pan and follow the same directions as above. You can add a spoonful of molasses to sweeten it up if you prefer. If you’d like to hang this frozen treat from the fence, simply insert some twine on each edge before you freeze it. This frozen lick treat is sure to keep your horses entertained for a while!
Note: If your horse is insulin resistant or suffers from Equine Metabolic Syndrome, make sure to only feed low sugar treats in moderation
For our pups, you can use a wide variety of dog-safe foods in popsicle molds or silicone molds. They can be sweet ingredients, like pumpkin and banana, or savory, like beef broth. Always make sure that if you include foods like peanut butter or yogurt that they are safe for your dogs. Keep your dog’s digestive issues in mind as well. If they have sensitive tummies, you want to feed treats in moderation.
Check out this article from the AKC for more insight: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/diy-frozen-dog-treats/