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I’m baking horsey brownies:  Skode’s Minty Rose Brownies.

Why bake when I can buy them already baked?

Well, because I like to  hide Slick and Norma’s meds in them.  So, if I bake them myself, I can control the consistency.  I can make them soft and chewy (and pill-hideable).  Also, I like to freeze portioned baggies of my horse cookies so they stay fresh and I can use just a few at a time.  If I bake them, I can freeze them even faster so I always have fresh brownies.


Actually… have you ever eaten a Skode’s organic horse cookie?


Horses love them but…

Ugh.  Yes, all the ingredients are human grade and organic but Ptooey.  Organic Smorganic…

Still, the horses (and dogs/cats) love them.

I'm baking the Minty Rose Brownies with orange rind on top!

I’m baking the Minty Rose Brownies with orange rind on top!


Skode’s Horse Treats, Inc. was ceated by a gal who started in her parent’s kitchen, baking organic horse cookies.  Here is her site. (No affiliation)

Although she knew a fair amount about nutrition and organic herbs, she joined with several known equine vets, nurtitionists and herbalists including Dr. Eleanor Kellon, D.V.M, equine nutritionist and expert in the field of Insulin Resistance and Cushings.

Skode's  - click to go to the website

Skode’s – click to go to the website

Here is a bit of discovery from the website:

Our most recent collaboration is with esteemed Australian herbalist, Catherine Bird, author of A Healthy Horse The Natural Way. Together, Ms. Bird and Skode’s have launched a truly innovate herbal horse treat called Herbal Terrain Hay Mixers. For the first time ever, herbal blends are based upon the actual terrains wild horses travel to forage for herbs!


Anyway, I’ve fed Skode’s glorious cookies (Apple Pie, Banana Hugs, Carrot Snips, Coconut Macs, Ginger Snaps…) salt squares, mashes, trail treats, bars and brownies for a while now…  The horses looooove them.

This time, I ordered a bunch of different treats.  I wanted some energy cookies for the trail bag and I wanted some salt squares for summer.  I got some smaller cookies for little treats and then herbal mashes for bigger healthy reward treats after a workout.

I also purchased a bag of Minty Rose brownie mix that I could make on my own.

So, that’s what I’m doing.

Here is my goodie bag of treats that I ordered from Skode's!

Here is my goodie bag of treats that I ordered from Skode’s!




I opened the ziplock bag.

Inside were instructions.

My ziplock baggie of ingredients and instructions

My ziplock baggie of ingredients and instructions

–I needed to steep the rosehips in 3 cups of water (I added a bit more to make them chewy).

–Then, I folded the rose hips into the dry ingredients in the bag.

–I sprayed my pan with vegetable oil and smashed in my masterpiece.

Note:  The dough is really really really sticky.  I was afraid it would never come off my hands.  Yes, I did knead the dough.  Easier.  But getting it off was intense.  Gooey sticky and probably very delightful if I was a horse and able to lick it off.  I swear, I was thinking of getting out the power washer.

rose hips

–OK, then the instructions said that if you wanted to get all Martha Stewart, you could add lemon rind – push the cut up rinds into the top of the brownies.

–I did that.

*She also tells you how to make them chewy or crunchy…

–Pop the pan into the 350 oven for an hour.

The  house kinda smells like I’m cooking vegetable granola… not really appetizing but not bad.

Et Voila!


Here they are! Freshly baked Skode’s Minty Rose brownies with lemon peel. I know, I know, it kinda looks like meatloaf. But, it doesn’t smell or feel like meatloaf. I cannot wait for them to cool so I can have the horses try Mama’s cooking. I know they love the pre-baked version I have ordered previously.


I already know that my horses love the pre-baked version of the Minty Rose brownie because I have purchased them previously.

While I waited for these to cool, I got impatient and cut out a corner to feed to the nearest horse – it was getting dark and I knew I only had a few minutes to take a picture.

So, I ran out to Norma (blowing on the brownie to cool it and waving it in the evening air…) who came running over.  I think she could smell the wonderfulness wafting from the oven vent!

Norma ran over using her excited donkey boingy stiff trot.  I barely got the brownie out of my grip before she nabbed it – Poof!

I missed the photo.

But, she is chewing it with vigor and nodding her head in this photo – so you can see that she is eating it happily.

I think these homemade horsey treats from Skolde’s (made by me) will be a big hit around here tomorrow!!

I missed the actual swooping in and gobbling the brownie... but that is what she did.  Here is Norma chewing...

I missed the actual swooping in and gobbling the brownie… but that is what she did. Here is Norma chewing…

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Product trials!  Fun!

Sometimes companies contact me out of the blue to ask if I would try their products…

Is that fun or what?!!…

It is kinda like winning something unexpected.

Usually, as long as the product appears legitimate and potentially beneficial, I grant the request (with glee).

However, I cannot always guarantee a review on the blog… I say this because I really don’t want to  give an unflattering internet review that will be around forever.

If a trial doesn’t go well, I rather just be quiet about it.

(I feel totally differently about products I’ve purchased in good faith…)

Anyway, after all of that, I usually forget that anything is coming – until it arrives!

It is kinda like Christmas for me!  I love opening packages.

In the last week, I have had two of those kinds of offers!


The odd thing about this was that a new Tractor Supply opened up in my area.

Of course, I am already a frequent flyer…

And on one of my recent forays, I noticed several bags of hay.  I remember getting down on my knees to read the sticker because I had never seen bales in bags.

It said, Compressed Hay.


I wondered if it was safe to feed?  Was it really dry?  How do they compress it?  What does it weigh?

I ended up purchasing a bagged bale of straw to put in PLLL’s shed.  It fit into my car, was not messy and it opened up easily and spread nicely.

That was a Standlee product!

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So, when the company emailed and asked if I would feed any of their products to one of my horses for a month, I thought, “Why not…?  I’ll try it….”

They are sending gift certificates to me that would allow me a month of one products for my horse.  I now have to figure out which product I’d like to try and on which horse…

This is my list of choices...

This is my list of choices…


EquineLUX  just emailed today.  They are a saddle pad company for Hunters, Jumpers, Dressage and Eventing.

Yes, I know…

There are sooooooo many saddle pads out there – I have about a tack store of them in my trailer right now…

(Not really.)

But, there is so much technology in saddle pads that if you had the money, you could purchase a new one every week.

I’m a bit of a saddle pad junkie…

It is kinda like when you purchase a mattress.

You go to a store and all the technology makes  your  mind spin (Sleep Number?  European Sleep Design?   Tempur Pedic?  Posture Pedic?  Memory Foam?  Quilted?…).

You want to try all of it.

Finally, you end up just plopping down and feeling which one works for both you and your significant other (or horse – in the saddle pad scenario).

Anyway, I’m always game to try another.

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So I went to the EquineLux site.

What I liked were the words:   real wool, sweat wicking and non-slip.

I think they are sending a dressage pad.  We’ll see…

This is just one page from their site... I like the words, real wool, wicking and non-slip!

This is just one page from their site… I like the words, real wool, wicking and non-slip!


I reviewed a Sensation Saddle long ago…

And, to my surprise, the few things that I didn’t love about it have been upgraded.


No one has asked me to demo or write about the Sensation.  I called them because a friend of mine showed me hers and it was so totally different than the one I had demo’d, I had to try it again.

So, it is here but I haven’t had time to take it out of the box.  In fact, the box is presently being used as an additional surface for all of my tax stuff.

(time lapse)

Well, that last sentence made me feel ungrateful and pathetic.  So, I took the saddle out of the box…

(The lady who packaged it used NINJA tape.  I swear to horsegods, after digging at the box for too long, I finally flipped it over and opened the bottom instead of the top.  Much easier.)

Here is the Sensation saddle that I will demo.  It is BRAND NEW.  Wow!

The demo Sensation Saddle that arrived today.  It is BRAND NEW!  Yowsa!  Good thing it isn't my exact size or I wouldn't return it - I loooove new saddles!

The demo Sensation Saddle that arrived today. It is BRAND NEW! Yowsa! Good thing it isn’t my exact size or I wouldn’t return it – I loooove new saddles!


I’m excited to try it with the seat bolsters and all the new features (which I will talk about once I’ve tried them…).

Gawd.  I hate returning brand new saddles…. Yum!  I’m glad it is a larger size than what I need or it probably wouldn’t go back…


I really like the feel of the pad.  I have to read up on it, but it is heavier duty and has some nice qualities I can see already.

That’s it for today!  Back to taxes!

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