Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Horses

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has many positive benefits for humans and horses too.

ACV has been used for household cleaning and cooking for decades but it has become popular in equine circles as well.

For instance it can be used in the horse’s feed for their diet. Don’t worry about the horse despising the taste; they are more tolerant and appreciative of it than humans are. Studies have shown that ACV may prevent ulcers, anxiety, colic and an upset stomach in horses. Also, just as with the application of ACV on your cat and dog’s coats can add a shine to it, on your beloved horse it is even more so. ACV can prevent fleas and other insects from aggravating a horse too by adding a few teaspoons to an empty spray bottle and about 4-8 0z of water.

When a horse is under medication such as antibiotics or pain prescriptions, ACV can aid in managing these conditions. The same prescriptions that can harm us can have a negative effect on horses as well. Perhaps even more so, since the dosage for them tend to be greater. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) benefits them in multiple ways like preventing weight loss and extended sickness. For best results, you should use at least 6-8 ounces of water and 21-2 tablespoons of ACV to the feed to acclimate the horse to the taste and mixture. As with your household pet, a horse may not eat it at first so it’s best to start them off slowly with the above dosage. For dogs and cats, we recommend an n even smaller dosage of ACV.

The neat thing about it is that once the horse acclimates itself to it, you can add an herb or two that can further assist in any ailment that it has. Yes, it’s safe to give horses herbs provided the dosage and toxicity checks and balances are in place. Furthermore, it helps with the finicky horses that tend not to drink water from new sources. All that is needed is about 2 tablespoons to a bucket and the mare or stallion will remember the smell and taste from the feed from the grain and should drink it normally. You can also rub ACV on the horses legs, knees and hocks using 3 parts Absorbine Veterinary Liniment and 1 part ACV using a leg decent leg brace. Be certain however that the brace is dry as it can cause burning of the horses skin.

Since horses stand, this makes for a great remedy in preventing puffs or swelling. The special mixture in the leg wrapping warms and gets into the skin thus reducing swelling and pain.

Horses suffer back pain too and sore necks just like us so again using one cup of ACV, about 5 gallons of heated water and one cup of the Liniment, you can rub it on the areas of the horse and make his or her life more soothing especially after a good equestrian exercise. Very important to make sure the water is hot enough to not be able to touch it and saturate some large towels in the liniment and ACV mixture and rub it on the areas that could be the source of pain. Try keeping the towels on the horse for at least a half an hour or until the towel is cooled. Your horse will love you forever. Yes, there are more uses for apple cider vinegar and horses that space will not permit but be sure to check out more articles relevant to this subject.