Happy birthday to our horse friends this Monday 1 August!
Looking for ways to celebrate your four-legged family member’s birthday? Elizabeth Johansson from PETstock VET has suggestions to help you party.
“Just like any other pet, horses love treats! But it’s important to remember there are foods you can spoil your horse with, and some you should avoid,” Elizabeth says.
Suitable treats for your horse’s birthday:
“Keep in mind that most snacks and treats are high in sugar, so feeding your horse 15 carrots a day isn’t ideal. Feeding one or two carrots a day is sufficient and cutting them into sticks makes your horse think he is being very spoilt!” Elizabeth says.
Treats to avoid feeding your horse:
- Lawn clippings
- Cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower
- Rotten and or off fruits and vegetables
- Fresh breads and bread products like donuts
- Human sweets or lollies
If you’re looking for the perfect gift, large rope toys and balls are a great option for your horse to pick up, swing around and play with. Just remember to supervise your equine buddy during playtime.
If it’s a tasty gift you’re after, Elizabeth suggests that a Barastoc horse block is the way to go. “Not only will this help with your horse’s intake of essential vitamins and minerals, they’ll think it tastes great and keep them occupied for hours!”
Make a Cake for your Horse’s Birthday: Horse Birthday Cake Recipe
Love cake? Your hoofed buddy will too, with this horse-approved recipe!
- 4 cups of sweet feed: We recommend Barastoc Completo
- 1 cup of molasses (can available at selected PETstock stores)
- 1 x grated carrot
- ½ x carrot grated for frosting
- 1 carrot cut into sticks
- 1 x apple cut into slices
- In a large bowl or bucket mix the sweet feed, grated carrot and molasses until it forms a sticky batter.
- Scoop batter out onto a plate and shape into a birthday cake.
- Decorate the cake with the apple slices and extra grated carrot for frosting.
- Place the carrot stick vertically into the cake for candles.
- Serve ASAP to your horse and his friends!
Treats, toys and cake…sounds like the perfect birthday party to us! Just be sure to have enough for when the neigh-bors start arriving.