Love is in the air
How do you show your best friend how much you love them? Whether your best friend is a person or horse, there is not time better than Valentines Day to spoil them.
How often do we take time out of our lives to stop and appreciate the friendships we have? Your horse provides you with unquestioned loyalty and dedication. They work hard to make you proud, so why not spoil them in the name of St Valentine.
Sweet treats to tempt
Don’t have the time to make your horse treats? Never fear, there are countless businesses that specialize in all natural treats for your horse. Order online and have them delivered to work, stable or home.
Fancy giving it a go and making you’re own? Here are a few suggestions to tempt even the fussiest of horses. Go to the Abler Pinterest Board to have a look at some of the online recipes and ideas out at the moment.
Back to the basics. Who doesn’t love sticking to the raw ingredients? Apples threaded onto a piece of rope and hung from the stable will not only provide your horse a sweet treat, but also the challenge of trying to get them down. Want to stay within the Valentines Day theme? Then take a raw carrot and using a paring knife and peeler you can carve a long heart shape into the carrot. Cutting thick slices of carrot will provide your horse a little heart-shaped orange delight.
Love a bit of glitter?
Look no further than Sparkly Flax Snax with coloured sugar that sparkles on top. We’ve got the recipe on our Pinterest page. A healthy bite-size baked ball that has flax, oats, cinnamon and molasses. Your horse will think all their dreams have come true. Make sure you make a few extras as we have a feeling these will disappear very quickly.
Molasses lovers unite! You will be hard pressed to find a horse that doesn’t love the rich, sweet taste of molasses. Incorporate all their favourite treats into Molasses Cookies. Add grated apple or carrot into the oat-based baked cookies. Looking to give the wow factor to these little beauties? Place either a scattering of peppermint candy or sliced banana on the top before baking.
Need something easy that the kids can help prepare? How about Pony Pizzas. Using rice cakes as the base top with a drizzle of molasses and then decorate with chopped apple, carrot, raisins and oatmeal. You never know, the kids might enjoy eating them as well!
Treats don’t always have to come in the form of food. There are so many ideas for DIY toys and games for your horse to reward them. Sometimes it’s the extra playtime that counts the most, although I’m yet meet a horse that doesn’t like treats!
We aren’t stuffing around. Get your horse a large stuffed animal. You may already know a horse who refuses to travel without their teddy bear. Don’t limit yourself to teddy bears, an alligator, hippo or giraffe may be the way to your horse’s heart. You will soon know through trial and error whether this toy will survive your horse or not, but there is no harm in trying.
Summer is only a few months away in the Northern Hemisphere. How about a kids paddling pool. We have the cutest video on our Pinterest page of a horse discovering a kiddie paddling pool. Stop and check it out, it may the one item your horse appreciates the most once the weather warms up. For those in the Southern Hemisphere, there is still enough time in Summer to get the most out of it.
A large inflatable ball won’t last forever and depending on how your horse plays it may only provide a few hours of fun before they pop it, but what immense fun it will be! If a large inflatable ball isn’t your horse’s thing, then don’t forget some of the best items are the simplest. A plastic barrel with lid is a great toy to roll around a field. Add a few rocks to spark a little more interest from your horse.
So, take the time to spend a little extra time with your beloved horse this Valentines Day and show how much you care with a treat or two. No budget is too little or too large. Whether you purchase online, from your local feed store or take the DIY approach, there is something out there for everyone.
Make sure you check out our Pinterest page and add some ideas of your own.