"Apple cider vinegar is not only good for us,
it's a natural horse care product too!"
The nutritional bounty found in unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (ACV) is not only
good for people, it's wholly beneficial for horses as well.
Here are just some of the more common ways that ACV is used to help horses:
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Dr Jarvis, the Vermont country doctor who popularized the use of apple cider vinegar in
his book Folk Medicine, found that a horse would chew the wood of his stall because the
wood contained potassium.
Experimenting with calves, he found that they would not chew the wood of their pens if ACV was added to their drinking water, since apple cider vinegar is an excellent source of easily absorbable potassium and other trace minerals.
, vinegar helps to purify the drinking water by destroying
harmful microorganisms that can thrive in neutral or mildly basic water.
(Two thousand years ago Roman soldiers were adding vinegar to their drinking water for the same reasons!)
For horses, recommended dosage rates vary from 1 cup (250 ml) of ACV for every 50 gallons (190 liters) of drinking water all the way up to 1 cup (250ml) for every 6 gallons (23 liters).
A tip commonly used - for horses that will not drink the water in a new location: add some apple cider vinegar to the unfamiliar water!
For a healthy horse, use 1/4 cup (60 ml) of unpasteurized ACV on his feed grain per day. Dilute the vinegar 50/50 with water before adding to the feed.
Because of it's potassium and associated trace mineral content, this feed supplement is invaluable for mares coming up to foaling and it is also beneficial for older horses with digestive difficulties or arthritis.
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Intestinal stones called enteroliths, can develop in susceptible horses which can cause
blockages that require expensive surgery.
Since the ingestion of vinegar increases the intestinal acidity in horses, it helps prevent these stones from forming according to veterinary researchers at the University of California at Davis.
Another benefit of feeding your horse apple cider vinegar is to make the horse less
attractive to flies and insects. Some specialists believe that horses sweat the vinegar out so that it becomes a natural
horse fly spray.
Insect bites not only cause your horse itchy discomfort, they can be areas where skin bacterial and fungal infections can occur. As well, some types of hives are commonly caused by insect stings or bites.
They can cause other health risks by spreading such diseases as West Nile virus, encephalomyelitis viruses and equine infectious anemia.
While you're at it, you can take care of all those pesky flies that hang around enclosed areas like barns or transportation trailers, by using you own homemade vinegar fly trap:
Dissolve the sugar in the vinegar solution then place in a large jar and punch holes in the lid. The flies will get in but won't be able to fly out.
For even more protection against insects and flies, try to identify the type of insect or fly bothering your horse because they all have their own preferred breeding spots and feeding times as shown in the table below, then use the appropriate horse care tips for natural fly protection listed below the table.
|Fly Type||Breeding Spots||Feeding Time|
|Black flies||Running water||Morning & late afternoon|
|Deer flies||Water & Vegetation||Daytime|
|Mosquitoes||Water||Dusk to early evening|
|Twilight to dawn|
Full strength apple cider vinegar can be rubbed directly into the horse's skin around a
Ringworm is an infection of the skin and hair by several types of fungi (not worms).
Rub in thoroughly two or three times a day for several consecutive days. This is especially useful for ringworm infections that are too close to the eyes to use a copper wash.
Thrush and other foot fungus infections can be greatly reduced by a regular spray or soak
application of apple cider vinegar to the sole and frog of your horse's feet.
By making the hoof area more acidic, fungus is no longer able to grow well there.
A general horse hoof soaking solution can be prepared by adding 1/4 cup (60 ml) of apple cider vinegar to one gallon (3.8 liters) of water.
The vinegar application will, at the same time, speed up the healing of any other foot infections or bruises your horse might have.
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