Home Remedies for Horses

horse home remedies

The cost of owning a horse can certainly add up quickly. The expense associated with shelter, feed, veterinary care, hoof care and riding equipment are just some of the things you should consider before purchasing an equine of your own. To save money and have quick fixes at your fingertips, there are plenty of home remedies for horses to consider.

Horse Home Remedies

From reducing the number of flies swarming around your horse to addressing medical concerns with simple household ingredients, there are numerous home remedies for horses that have passed down through generations of owners, groomers and veterinarians. A few to consider include:

a) Apple Cider Vinegar:

To lessen the number of gnats and flies that bother your horse, put a small amount of apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spray on. Apple cider vinegar has also been connected to calming a nervous horse, easing itchy skin, and aiding the treatment of arthritis and joint pain. Add ½ to ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar to your horse’s feed once per day. This home remedy can also be used to prevent flies.

b) Homemade Fly Repellent:

If you’re looking for a horse fly repellent recipe, try adding one inch each of white vinegar and liquid dish washing detergent into a one-quart sprayer container. Fill the rest of the container with water and shake to mix the ingredients. Spray on the horse to keep flies away.

c) Preparation H:

If hair loss occurs around a wound, consider using Preparation H [1] to promote hair growth.

d) Meat Tenderizer:

Use water to moisten meat tenderizer until a paste is made. This remedy can ease the painful sensations of insect bites and stinging nettles.

e) Sugar Water:

Combine aloe vera from a plant leaf with sugar water to create a poultice for blisters or cuts. Wrap the remedy to hold in place.

f) Murphy’s Oil Soap:

Clean leather products for horses with Murphy’s Oil, which offers a mild solution.

g) Kerosene:

If your horse equipment has gotten rusty, you can actually soak tools, such as pliers, hoof nippers and fence tools, in a bucket of kerosene. Leave tools in the liquid overnight.

h) Metamucil:

Some people have used psyllium to prevent the build up of sand that can lead to a condition known as sand colic. When a horse lives in a sandy region, it is not uncommon to see them ingest sand. Ask your vet if Metamucil is something acceptable for your horse, and then ask for a proper dosage.

i) Salt:

Add one tablespoon of regular table salt per gallon of water to make a homemade saline solution for flushing wounds.

j) Red Pepper:

If a horse has the nasty habit of chewing on leg wraps or anything else you don’t want bothered, use red pepper as a solution. The spicy taste is not a favorite of horses. Smear a coat of Vaseline on a surface you wish to protect, and then sprinkle on a sufficient amount of red pepper.

k) Crest Toothpaste:

When you want a shiny saddle and bridle, touch up the silver with Crest toothpaste as a polish.

l) Wisk:

To make the white and gray color or markings of a horse really shine, use Wisk detergent. Don’t forget to thoroughly rinse off the soap.

m) Simple Green:

When your horse has romped a little too hard in the thicket or field, use Simple Green [2] to remove deep grass stains.

n) Turpentine:

Treat stubborn sores on your horse with a white cloth saturated in turpentine. Wrap the cloth around the sore.

o) Baking Soda:

When cleaning water buckets, use baking soda as an effective abrasive. Add a small amount of water to baking soda until you create a paste. Use this mixture to provide a soothing poultice that addresses insect bites and stings. This remedy can certainly come in handy during the warmer seasons.

p) WD40:

For show horses, use a little WD40 to shine up the mane and tail. This home remedy for horses is also effective for removing burrs and pine sap.

q) Vinegar:

To repel flies and encourage a shiny coat, add vinegar to horse feed.

r) Mane and Tail Detangler:

Combine one part dry Calgon bath oil beads and three parts water in a spray bottle to make a detangler for horse manes and tails.

s) Sugar:

You probably never thought that sugar possesses antibacterial and anti-fungal powers. Add enough povidone iodine to create a syrupy paste with granulated sugar. You can then pack wounds with the remedy to encourage faster healing.

t) Listerine:

Treat manes and tails to a dousing of Listerine, which helps fight itching and bugs. It can also be used to soothe irritated skin.

u) Clorox:

Add Clorox to a spray bottle and administer to the underside of hooves when they’ve become compromised with thrush.

v) Jell-O:

If you’d like to promote the growth of hooves, add Jell-O to your horse’s feed.

w) Mineral Oil and Hydrogen Peroxide:

Rain rot is a skin condition associated with a bacteria found in the hair coat of a horse. It can cause sensitive scabs to develop when humid conditions mixed with rain causes organisms to multiply. Some trainers have used equal parts Listerine and baby oil as a remedy – rubbing into affected areas.

Sometimes the alcohol found in Listerine can irritate the skin. A milder solution is one that uses a 16-ounce bottle of mineral (or baby oil), 16-ounce bottle of hydrogen peroxide (3%), and ½ ounce tincture of iodine [3]. Fill a bucket with all of the ingredients and sponge onto affected skin. Leave on overnight. In the morning, shampoo your horse with a mild soap and let the skin air dry.

x) Aloe Lotion:

Apply the healing power of aloe lotion to treat scrapes and cuts on a horse [4].


[1] http://www.preparationh.com/

[2] http://simplegreen.com/cleaning-tips/stains/grass/

[3] http://www.equisearch.com/horses_care/health/first_aid/homemade_horse_care_remedies_020410/

[4] http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/home-remedies-common-animal-sickness.aspx