Horse Treats and Recipes

Super Simple Trick Training Treat

These are Trigger’s second favorite trick training treat. They are soft and just a little bit sweet. I make them out of human-grade ingredients and snack on them when we are training πŸ™‚

Oat & Apple Chews


  • 1 Β½ cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • Β½ cup flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180C).

Grease a 9 inch by 9 inch (22cm x 22cm) glass pan or baking tray.

Mix all the ingredients until the applesauce is evenly distributed, then spread the mixture evenly in the pan.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the batter firms and browns.

Allow the mixture to cool for 5 to 10 minutes and then cut it into squares. Β Or wait till the mixture cools completely and you can cut it into tiny squares with kitchen scissors.

Put the squares in an airtight container for storage.

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31 thoughts on “Super Simple Trick Training Treat”

  1. I just made some and the horses love them! I love that they’re soft, so my 27 year old doesn’t have any trouble chewing (he has one lost tooth already and another loose one ?) but they don’t disintegrate in my pocket. Thank you!

      1. Hi Julie,

        Sometimes it may not be the treat but accepting it from a human hand. You could try giving him different treats in a small, shallow container. Or putting them on the ground near him.

        Try lots of different treats to try to find one he really likes. You can find oodles of ideas for treats on the internet (just make sure they are safe for horses) or we have a horse treat ebook available here:

        Once you find one he really likes then start trying to give it to him from your hand.

        I hope that helps and you find something that he loves. Using treats is such a good way to reward your mini.


  2. I made some and the top got brown but then the rest was goopy so I put them in longer, but the bottom is still really rubbery and gooey. Did I do something wrong?

    1. Hi Chloe, They do come out rubbery but they shouldn’t be gooey. Maybe try using less apple sauce and lowering the oven temperature a bit but cooking for longer. Hope that works πŸ™‚ Jain.

  3. Hi jain
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe I gave them to my new horse today (he’s really spooky) before our first rode and didn’t put a foot wrong
    Hannah xo

    1. Hi Sam,

      Yes. They are nice and simple. They should be okay unless he (or she) has any issues with certain foods. See if your horse likes them and as with all treats just don’t give too many.


  4. How long will they keep for? My horse doesn’t get treats like this very often because of a problem with his gum. ??

    1. Hi Lisa,

      I put these treats in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge. They usually last a couple of weeks. They are a super soft treat, so they might be okay for his gum.


    1. Hi Tayla,

      There are lots of treats you can use that don’t need to be cooked. Carrots are Trigger’s favorite.

      You can also just use some of your horse’s feed if you give them something like pellets. If your horse is prone to put on weight then just take out some pellets from their normal feed ration, so they aren’t getting anything extra.

      Have a look at my ebook on Treats for Trick Training:

      I hope your horse likes these ideas πŸ™‚


  5. Just wondering.. Do they need to be refrigerated or can they just be kept out in ac?? Also how long do they last:)

    1. Hi Haley,

      They will only last about a week if you keep them out. I like to store them in an air-tight container in the fridge and then they last for a few weeks πŸ™‚


  6. Thank you for sharing. The people at the barn where I board look at me like I have three heads when I talk organic. I have a 28 year old Arab mare named Crystal and she still likes to go down the trail. Could be because for the last 8 years that I’ve had her (I’ve had her for 15 years now) I’ve been feeding her as natural as I can. No processed feed. Just grass hay, grass pellets and some vitamins that I put together.
    These treats look like she will love them Thank you. Nancy

    1. Hi Nancy,

      It is really good to hear that you feed your horse so naturally and that she still enjoys going out on the trail. Good food and exercise. I think that they are the keys to a long and happy life (for horses and humans).

      She might also like this treat (although you might want to cut down on the molasses):

      I also created a Treat ebook that includes lots of healthy treat ideas:

      All the best,


  7. Love the training tips and I make my own horse treats with all natural products already from my own recipes but love this one!! Going to try it and see how my horses react to it πŸ˜‰ They are real molasses lovers lol

    1. Hi Gwen. Good to hear you make your treats out of natural products. Much healthier for your horses πŸ™‚

      Trigger LOVES ones with molasses in them but it’s very hot here now (summer) and the molasses treats tend to go all sticky in my treat pouch at this time of year. I have to use these simple apples treats, another version I make with shredded carrot and just plain carrots.


  8. These look yummy, and low sugar – yay! I’m always looking for healthy homemade treats, thank you! But what are the little orange bits in the treats in the photo?

    1. Whoops! The picture was for ‘Carrot Chews’. (I’ve changed it now). There is an eBook with lots of other healthy, simple treat ideas available from our Shop. Enjoy! πŸ™‚ Jain & Trigger.

      1. My horse cannot have any peppermints anymore (21 year old horse). A peppermint got stuck in his gum, as did a carrot. I feel terrible about it….Any type of SOFT and chewy treat recipies that you have that I could try and bake to give him? I am going to try the one for the Pumpkin cinnamon treats though. He is really feeling left out when the others get their hard treats.

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