SaddleBox is a monthly subscription box especially designed for people who love horses. According to SaddleBox founder, Phil Van Treuren, Saddlebox is for people that love horses from weekend riders to full blown cowboys! The company was born out of the simple request by his daughter Sophie when she walked up to Van Treuren, and his wife Sharon, and announced she was thinking about a new adventure which included learning how to make horse treats.
"Sophie told us she wanted to learn how to ride!"
That simple request turned into a family with a newfound passion for "everything equine" as well as spending quality time together with their horse named Dash. Every month, SaddleBox sends subscribers a box of surprises for horses: treats, grooming products, supplements, and more. SaddleBox always includes something for owners, too, like equine-related books and tack care products.
Equine Rescue and Family Fun!
SaddleBox owner Phil Van Treuren with his wife Sharon and daughter Sophie.
Van Treuren said that SaddleBox goes the extra mile to make sure subscribers feel like they're "part of a family." He mails personal, hand-written thank you notes to new subscribers, and the company prides itself on responding to inquiries as quickly as possible. Every SaddleBox subscription helps horses in need, too.
"My family and I made the decision that we would donate a percentage of profits each year to horse rescue organizations," Van Treuren said. "Not all horses have a family of their own, and we want to support groups that help them find homes."
In its first month of service, hundreds of founding subscribers signed up for SaddleBox. The family decided instantly that the donations were important but they also wanted to focus on promoting family fun. That's why SaddleBox is anything but a boring box of surprise items for horses. It's much more!
"We try to make each box as fun as possible," Van Treuren said. "We want the whole experience of opening the box every month to be enjoyable."
Each month, one random SaddleBox subscriber also gets a special surprise in their box: Dash's Golden Ticket, which includes a $100 gift card to Tractor Supply Company. It's one more way to make each month's opening "more exciting" for subscribers, Van Treuren said.
"Our goal is to make each box better than the last," Van Treuren said. "We love when our subscribers contact us with ideas for how we can improve our service."
Make Your Own Horse Treats!
One fun activity that the Van Treuren family picked up was a side hobby of making specialty horse treats. Why? Because sometimes Dash just needs a tasty equine version of an Ice Cream Cone!
SaddleBox has several recipes for Horse Treats that you can make at home including the Canter Cone "Ice Cream" Cones. Here's how you get started.
Canter Cone "Ice Cream" Cones
- 1 cup of sweet feed
- 1/2 cup of applesauce
- 1/2 cup of molasses
- 1 1/2 cup of flour
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- Sugar cones
Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Use a mixer to gently combine all of the ingredients.
- The dough will be extremely sticky! Using a spoon, scoop the dough into the sugar cones (don't heap it up on the cones too much) and pack it down.
- Dip the sticky "ice cream" portion of the cone into sprinkles, but don't add a peppermint until after you bake (regular peppermints will melt in the oven, which you don't want). Tip: if you use soft peppermint puffs instead, you can bake them in the oven and they won't melt.
- There should be enough dough to make about six canter cones. Place them on a non-stick cookie sheet and put them in the oven for 10 minutes.
- When you take them out of the oven, press a peppermint into the top of each cone while the dough is still soft.
- Let them cool for a few hours before serving to your horse.
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